Why Join the DBS Update Service

Why Join the DBS Update Service

All nurses and healthcare professionals in the UK know that each new role they apply for and move into will require an updated DBS check to be performed. The main reason for the service is to help employers make safe decisions when it comes to employing staff, many of whom will have vulnerable individuals in their care.

The DBS is responsible for processing criminal record checks and placing or removing people from the barring lists. Checks can be carried out at three different levels: basic, standard or enhanced depending on the role a person is employed in.

If you are a nurse or healthcare worker who changes jobs regularly, carrying out a DBS check every time you swop roles can be time-consuming and expensive. This is where the DBS Update Service comes in – it allows applicants to keep their certificates current and also gives potential employers the opportunity to check relevant details online saving time and also money. The DBS Update Service is used for standard and enhanced checks only.

How Often is a New DBS Needed?

This can vary from employer to employer and is often an annual process. If you are changing jobs or moving to a more enhanced DBS certificate requirement, you are most likely to need a check. Many employers will have a sector-specific policy when it comes to periodic checks which means making sure that your certificate is up to date is important.

The Benefits of the DBS Update Service

The DBS Update Service launched in 2013 and is used by many nursing and healthcare employers to keep track of new and existing staff certificates. According the Royal College of Nursing:

“The service reduces the need for repeated checks every time an applicant changes jobs, provided the same type and level of check is required, within the same workforce.”

The main benefit to nurses and carers is that the service is quick and easy to use and helps minimise costs when it comes to DBS checks. The majority of employees have their DBS fees reimbursed by their employer but some don’t. For these, there is limited tax relief available if the employee has subscribed to the DBS Update Service. If you are thinking of moving jobs or change jobs regularly, the DBS Update Service makes life a lot easier for both you and your new employer. It costs just £13 a year to subscribe to and offers a number of immediate benefits:

  • You can immediately check the details that are provided for your DBS certificate.
  • You can add or remove a certificate and give employers permission to view your details.
  • You can see who has checked your certificate.

You can normally take your DBS certificate with the update service into your next job as long as you are not switching to a new area of employment. For example, if you were previously a nurse working in adult services you will generally be required to undertake a new DBS check if you move into children’s services, depending on the type of check that was performed. For example if you currently have a standard certificate but need an enhanced one, you will most likely be required to have a new check.

Any employer can check DBS online via the Update Service as long as they are legally entitled to do so and have the employee’s permission. You can register for the DBS Update Service here.


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Top 5 Online UK Nursing Resources

Top 5 Online UK Nursing Resources

Working in the UK nursing arena is certainly varied and interesting. As a registered nurse, you’ll be qualified to work in a wide range of healthcare environments, from local GPs and hospitals to private clinics and nursing homes. A UK Nursing qualification is also one that is recognised across the world.

For any nurse who wants to keep up with the latest developments, online resources have become increasingly important over the last couple of decades. Whether you want to keep your skills up to date or simply need to be informed of the latest developments, there are plenty of websites dedicated to UK nursing.

Here are 5 UK nursing sites that you might want to add to your bookmarks today:

  1. RCN

The Royal College of Nursing or RCN is actually the world’s biggest union and looks after the interests of all Nurses, Midwives, Students and Healthcare Assistants in the UK. That’s nearly half a million people. They provide support and help on everything from wage disputes to career development and their site has a lot of useful information for today’s busy healthcare professional.

  1. NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council or NMC is the regulatory body for Nurses and Midwives in the UK. They are charged with setting all the standards that apply in training as well as continuing professional development once qualified. They also maintain the register of who is allowed to practice as a nurse or midwife. When you first start as a student, you will be registered with the NMC and you will need to comply with their code of conduct. That will continue once you are qualified and throughout your UK nursing career.

  1. Skills for Health

Every registered nurse or other healthcare professional understands that keeping their skills up to date is important. This is often difficult to do when you’re so busy working all the time. Skills for Health is a non-profit organisation that works to develop the framework for e-learning in healthcare and is geared towards raising standards and improving health outcomes and quality. They also have a large number of case studies and reports as well as guidance documents on their website.

  1. Nursing Times

The Nursing Times is basically the gold standard magazine for the UK nursing sector. It was launched over a 100 years ago and provides the latest news and updates of what is happening in UK nursing and around the world. You’ll also find thousands of peer review articles concerning new and exciting innovations in nursing and healthcare. If you subscribe to the magazine, you also get access to some really useful learning material.

  1. Go Nurse – UK Nursing

As well as being a nursing agency that provide a wide range of employment opportunities, good rates of pay and plenty of value added extras including bonuses for long time service and free learning courses, Go Nurse also has an array of informative and helpful blogs on our website covering interesting, exciting and helpful nurse topics.


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5 Ways to Advance Your Nursing Career

5 Ways to Advance Your Nursing Career

A nursing career in the UK can be demanding and exciting at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities and specialisations available that allow you to excel and advance your nursing career in the UK.

If you are a registered UK nurse and can’t decide where you want to be in your nursing career 5 or 10 years down the line, you’ve got what it takes to fast track your career for advancement. This post is for you, to help you build and advance your nursing career in the right direction.

Here’s how to do it:

Choose the Right Organisations

If you’re looking to advance your nursing career, you need to make sure you have a stellar CV. The organisations that you work for can have a negative or positive impact on your CV. Be choosy with the companies that you accept employment with, and stick to the professional ones only. They have the reputation and the name that will open up opportunities, connections and experience that is valuable, and that will set you apart from the next nurse.


It pays to have meaningful professional relationships with various individuals in the industry. Many nurses prefer to stay in their comfort zones limiting themselves to a select group of colleagues they can relate to. The individuals looking for advancement in their careers go all out building positive relationships where possible. Industry leaders and influential people are located everywhere – the hospital or facility you work for, a community you volunteer within, networking events which are definitely worth attending, and via social media platforms.

Be warm and friendly. Work on making a good first impression with people you meet. Build your network and connect!

Don’t Stop Studying

There are many certifications and advanced level nursing courses that you can pursue to broaden the horizons of your nursing career. If you have specific interests in the field such as surgery or emergency medicine – go for it! Certifications will enhance your professionalism and make you a well rounded candidate, ready for any opportunities that come your way.

Consider Getting a Mentor

Identify somebody senior to yourself who you can relate to. A nurse who has many years experience, someone who has seen it all, the good days and the bad, they can help you learn and grow. These seasoned nurses have the insights, experience, and knowledge that come with years of practice. Once you have a mentor, you can turn to them for guidance and advice, even for the things that are not found in textbooks.

Be Different

Everyone is unique in their own way and sometimes, this is what sets you apart from the crowd. Whilst being well respected and trusted is a priority, add additional elements to your professional career. Be practical, be proficient, be punctual, be reliable, be focused, be consistent, be passionate … and keep your eye on the goal.

Don’t think that your added effort ever goes unnoticed. Your superiors will witness and acknowledge it. This will put you on their priority list for any career growth opportunities that may arise. Also, make sure your patients are happy too.

Of the many strategies used to advance within the nursing field, these are by far the most effective. Take your time to research and plan, see what suits your schedule and works best for you. Be confident, be strong, and fearlessly pursue your dreams of a successful nursing career into the future.


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