Access NI Checks

Changes to Access NI – April 2015

From 1 April 2015 AccessNI checks will be completed online. Applicants for forthcoming interviews will no longer be required to bring a completed AccessNI form to interview with them; they will however still need to bring the required ID documents (see list of Valid ID Documents below). On acceptance of an offer, applicants will be emailed with instructions on how to apply for an AccessNI Certificate online.

Valid Identity Documents  – Please bring the original document and one photocopy of each piece of ID to your document check with you.

Applicants are responsible for paying the fee of £33; which will be requested upon acceptance of an offer.  Payment can be by cheque or postal order made out to NIMDTA.  Payment must be sent to HR Department, NIMDTA, Beechill House, 42 Beechill Road, Belfast, BT8 7RL, NOT directly to AccessNI.

All trainees appointed to medical or dental posts must have an Enhanced Disclosure completed prior to taking up their post, as they will be working within regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults. An Enhanced Disclosure provides information in relation to spent and unspent convictions and information about attempted prosecutions that were unsuccessful or behaviour that might be indicative of criminal activity.  An enhanced check can also disclose non-conviction information or ’soft intelligence’ if the police consider it is relevant to the role. This could be an incident which did not go to court or information about an ongoing police investigation.

An enhanced check also includes a barred list check. The Disclosure and Barring Service keeps two barred lists, one listing people who are unsuitable for working with children and one listing people who are unsuitable for working with vulnerable adults. People on these lists are barred from regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults. It is a criminal offence for someone on these lists to work or apply to work in regulated activity. Completion of the Disclosure Certificate Application form will be taken as consent to a check of the barred list.

The Agency will only seek Disclosure Information after a candidate has accepted a provisional offer of employment. This information will complement current pre-employment checks and will only be used for the specific purpose for which it was requested, i.e. making a recruitment decision, for which the applicant’s full consent has been given. 

Certificates containing conviction information will be reviewed by a panel within the Deanery; if information has not been declared on the job application form it may be referred to the GMC as a probity issue.For further information, please download the following documents:

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