Yes, References etc.
It's done very intensely through an agency in Manchester they even ask you to declare any thoughts you've had about personal harm or even suicide.
Your covertly watched for two weeks day and night.
Yes they are
DBS 4 weeks
Checks are required I don't recall which but it took about a week
So you could be waiting ages
Yes Upto six weeks
Care UK, require DBS and pre-employment checks for both clinical and non-clinical staff. They take for ever to process new recruits often losing them in the process as HR is poorly functioning.
Yes, unsure how long