A Matter of Life and Death: Background Screening in the Healthcare Sector

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If there is one sector where it is vitally important for every employee to have the skills and experience that they claim to, it is healthcare. Hiring the right people is – to put it bluntly – a matter of life and death.

High-profile cases in the media over the last few years have highlighted the catastrophic results of failing to check that people have the qualifications and experience that they claim to.

HireRight’s data shows that two thirds (66%) of candidates provide incorrect details when applying for jobs in areas including criminal records, previous employment, educational attainment and membership of professional organisations. Verifying all this information helps ensure that the best people are employed and prevent unqualified individuals from getting through the recruitment process. But of course, this is not as simple as it sounds.

As an industry that makes use of a global network of skilled professionals, checks need to be international in their reach and so comply with a number of complex sets of legislation.

These checks take time – something that is at a premium in the healthcare sector. Forward planning is essential, as is a recruitment process where candidates are communicated with regularly so that they know how far they have progressed and the next steps.

Without an up-to-date and comprehensive recruitment and screening process, healthcare providers not only risk the safety of patients, but also being able to identify the very best talent from across the world.

For more information on HireRight’s Healthcare Screening Services, get in touch.


Dominic Simpson
Director of Sales and Marketing EMEA and APAC



HireRight is here to help guide you through the biggest screening challenges so you can focus on what’s important to you; attracting top talent. HireRight provides employment background screening services to organisations of any size, in every industry, and nearly anywhere.

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