Pre employment screening

NHS Health at Work welcomes the advice to Trusts from NHS Employers on the Equality Act 2010. The law makes it illegal for employers to ask health or health related questions prior to making a conditional offer of employment.

It is important that all OH departments comply and are familiar with this guidance. The new system, set out on the NHS Employers website may in some cases speed up the recruitment process and reduce workload for OH services. The guidance is available here on the NHS Employer website.

We are, however, disappointed that NHS Employers recommends the continued use of a form of pre-employment health questionnaire (PEHQ), albeit with only 2 questions. New staff will still be required to ‘respond’ to the questions.

This is a missed opportunity to radically reform the systems surrounding recruitment - a process for which, Madan and William’s research has shown, there is no evidence.

We hope some Trusts will still trial the full system and remove PEHQs.


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