Is it possible to work for nhs with a caution for possession of cocaine?

(14 Posts)
treadingwater123 Sun 24-Aug-14 09:03:07

Caution from 4 years ago - possession of class a drugs (cocaine)

Is there any possibility than in light of an exemplary 14 year history in nhs and excellent references this might be surmountable?

LIG1979 Sun 24-Aug-14 09:16:47

It will most likely depend on where you want to work. I am sure functions would be fine but not others.

Poseypops Sun 24-Aug-14 09:21:58

Be honest with them at interview. They will respect that. Don't wait for them to find out at DBS.

treadingwater123 Sun 24-Aug-14 09:26:09

It's my husband - scientist in the lab

treadingwater123 Sun 24-Aug-14 09:46:50

It's my husband - scientist in the lab

lunar1 Sun 24-Aug-14 10:01:49

Tell them before the see it on the crb.

treadingwater123 Sun 24-Aug-14 10:06:12

He has done - just waiting now x

maggiethemagpie Mon 25-Aug-14 19:21:05

I used to work for a council in HR, and we would assess positive CRBs (as they were then - DBS now) on the basis of the nature of the offence, and how long ago it was. So violent crimes or fraud/dishonesty crimes were out. Others possibly would be ok. I'd say a coke conviction four years ago may be ok. I'd advise him to be honest about it on the application form as the big no no is saying you don't have a conviction and then one comes up. Then just leave it, and don't even think about mentioning it until/unless they do. If it's a big no no for them he won't even get an interview, if he gets an interview and they know he has this conviction then either it doesn't matter to them or they'll raise it at interview or offer stage and probably just want some reassurance that he no longer uses.

DraggingDownDownDown Wed 03-Sep-14 15:12:58

Also it might depend on current behaviour. They could order further investigations to ensure he is not using illegal substances still.

crazynanna Wed 03-Sep-14 15:21:07

In my 30 years in the NHS, I have experienced the following:
Someone in the lab who has been in prison for fraud
A colleague (direct patient contact) with 2 historical convictions for prostitution
A colleague with (at the time) a conviction for shoplifting and one for possession of cannabis 5 years previously

But all admitted at application level and all had a "meeting of concern" to discuss the record and situation at the time

allmycats Wed 03-Sep-14 15:23:31

Are you the same poster from earlier this year who posted that her DH was about to be removed from his NHS job because he had not declared
an old conviction for a class A drug and he was about to be struck off his professional register ?

Unexpected Wed 03-Sep-14 22:34:52

I think it is the same poster and unfortunately if I remember correctly he was still using, although not coke, I think he was smoking pot.

DraggingDownDownDown Thu 04-Sep-14 14:56:06

yes I think it is too which is why I put about them testing to see if he is still a user

Muddle2000 Fri 05-Sep-14 17:02:28

it all depends on the role and the relevance of the offence to that role If it use makes him unfit for work then they can refuse to employ him so he will have to prove this is well in the past

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