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DBS guidance for NHS dental practices, private dental practices and private direct access practices

NHS dental practices

General Dental Practitioners require a DBS check when they apply to be on a health board’s ‘Performers List’. They do not require another check unless they move to a different health board (and therefore to a different performers list).

Private dental practices and private direct access practices

An enhanced DBS check is required for persons carrying on or managing a private dental practice or a private direct access practice and for those persons who have contact with vulnerable adults and/or children. A standard check is sufficient for those that do not.

Private dental practices and private direct access practices will need to put their own arrangements in place for undertaking DBS checks for those who work at the practice.

Guidance to help you decide whether a role is eligible for a basic, standard or enhanced DBS check can be found at

When submitting an application to register with HIW applicants seeking to be providers and managers of private dental practices must provide HIW with an enhanced DBS certificate that has been issued within the last three years. We also require applicants to confirm that DBS certificates have been issued for staff working at the practice.

The law

Private dental practices and private direct access practices must comply with The Private Dentistry (Wales) Regulations 2017.

Regulations 9, 11 and 18 and Schedule 3 require that any persons carrying on or managing or working at a private dental practice have a DBS check.

There is no specific requirement in the Regulations stating that a DBS certificate must be renewed. However, there is an ongoing requirement that workers remain ‘fit’ (Regulation 18 and Schedule 3).  Upon registration and at inspection we need to be satisfied that private dental practices have a system in place for ensuring workers remain ‘fit’. Particular attention is drawn to having a system in place for assessing an individual’s integrity and good character (Regulation 18 and Part 2 of Schedule 3).

Regulation 14 requires that private dental practices make suitable arrangements for safeguarding patients from abuse and improper treatment.  Regulation 16 requires risks relating to health, welfare and safety of staff and patients are identified, assessed and managed. Private dental practices need to demonstrate how they are meeting these requirements.

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