It’s not unknown for employees in all industries to falsify information when looking for employment and year-in-year-out people are hired based on what they say they can do, not what they can do. In some industries this sort of thing can go unnoticed and there is little harm ever done, however in the world of health care it can have far reaching consequences. So, let’s take a look at the reasons health care background checks are imperative.
The Care Quality Commission is very stringent and any issues or problems regarding employees or human resources can cause significant problems. Background checks on employees greatly limit the possibilities of such occurrences and provide quality assurance in the workplace.
Education is of such importance in the healthcare industry and proofs of achievements in this field are a necessity. Proof of educational achievements and accomplishments are easily obtained during a check and can reveal whether a person has achieved what they claimed they have. This can be especially important if you’re dealing with people working from another country and can be a great way to cement what they say is true.
Convictions and Criminal Record
Background checks are incredibly important in uprooting issues regarding a person’s history and the law. People may tend to hide criminal proceedings against them or other similar issues and though many don’t tend to change things, some do. Employers need to know about the detrimental things that could go against a person and make them unsuitable for the job at hand. A background check is a good way to ensure that a person is suitable for the work and hasn’t had any previous convictions or legal issues that could hamper them or make them unsuitable. This is very important if the person is working with vulnerable people.
Did you know that 18 per cent of violent crime in the USA is in the workplace and that just under one in three small business failures in the USA are a result of theft. These factors mean that criminal background checks are a necessity.
Employee background checks also look deeply into the person’s previous employment- something equally as important as any of the aforementioned factors. From work experience, to their last job, employee background checks obtain information about a person’ previous work and whether they did what they said they did. These checks ensure a person has the experience and the level of skills that they claim they do. Once again, in a medical or health care setting such factors are extremely important and the finer details can matter, making these sorts of background checks an imperative.
Right to Work
A notable number of people come to work in the EU and background checks can provide you with information regarding their right to work. This can be extremely important if you hire from further afield and certainly worth investigating as it could cause surprises otherwise.
So, as you can see background checks such as these pose a way to manoeuvre the pitfalls and issues that can come about in the health care sector.
Cormac Reynolds has written about medical issues and health checks for a number of years. He enjoys his work and hill walking.
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