Pharmacist DBS Check and DBS Update Service

Your guide to a pharmacist DBS check and DBS Update Service! DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) helps employers to make safer recruitment decisions and stop unsuitable people from working with vulnerable adults and children.

As pharmacists may have access to vulnerable adults and children it is a requirement that they also have a DBS check completed.

It is becoming more frequent now that DBS is an essential requirement for working as a locum pharmacist. All the large pharmacy multiples ask for it as part of their registration process.

Employed pharmacists also have a requirement to complete a DBS check for their employer.

Pre-Registration Students:

Most universities carry out enhanced checks for the students however the validity of the check ends when students enter paid work as a pre-registration pharmacist.

Locate a Locum can provide DBS checks Locate a Locum offers a quick, simple, and cost-effective method to persons wanting to obtain a DBS check.

DBS Process:

  1. Visit our DBS Page here

  2. Here you will find a secure link, pin and passord which will allow you to complete the online application

  3. Complete the secure online payment

  4. Print your verification form and take to your nearest Post Office. You will require a minimum of 3 identity documents to prove your identity.

DBS Update Service

This service is provided annually and can be of benefit to all pharmacists. By registering with the service, it keeps your certificate valid and ensures employers that your certificate is current and up to date.

To join the update service please visit:

The certificate must be registered with the annual update service within 19 days of receipt..


1. How much does it cost to get a pharmacist DBS check through Locate a Locum?

It costs only £61 to get a DBS check via Locate a Locum. We believe this is one of the cheapest services on the market available to pharmacists

2. How do I pay for the Pharmacist DBS Check?

We facilitate payment by the online secure payment portal PayPal after you complete your application. If you do not have a PayPal account, select the option to pay with a credit/debit card.

3. Why do I need to get my documents verified at the Post office?

Under strict new DBS regulations, they must ensure that documents are not only identity checked but also the individual is checked against the documents provided. Any breach of this will be considered fraudulent activity and will render your DBS check invalid.

4. How long does the DBS process take?

DBS state that certificates can take up to 6 weeks however the majority of certificates are processed within only 2 weeks.

5. Why is the annual update service important?

It is important to register with the update service within 19 days of receiving your certificate as this allows you to carry your DBS check between employers. The update service is the easiest way for you to have a current, valid and up to date DBS check.

6. Is there any other charges?

There is a £4.20 charge at the Post Office for a document check

Start Process Here:

At present, Locate a Locum is providing one of the cheapest DBS checks in relation to our competitors. To start the process, and to secure your DBS for only £61, click the following link.

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Locate a Locum Team