Our response to GPC consultation on English language skills

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23 / 12 / 2015 3pm

We have responded to the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPC) consultation on draft guidance on evidence of English language skills. 

This is in relation to recent changes made to the Health and Care Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order which provides regulators with scope to strengthen their processes in relation to language controls. 

The GPC's aim is to improve public protection by ensuring that pharmacy professionals have a sufficient knowledge and competence of the English language, in order to provide safe practice and quality patient care.

We fully support:

  • the need to check the English language skills of pharmacy professionals, as language competence and communication are fundamental to safe and effective clinical practice
  • actions which ensure that regulatory processes are robust, responsive and proportionate to risk
  • the consistent application of the new regulations across the different professional regulatory bodies, where this is sensible
  • clear and timely communication of the changes for both individuals and employers. 

Download our response to the GPC consultation.

Further information for employers on language competency can be found in the language competency guidance section of the website.

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