The General Pharmaceutical Council is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive in all our work as a health professions regulator, a public service provider and an employer.
Through embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do, we improve both our effectiveness and efficiency as a regulator, making sure that the resources invested in services actually benefit all those who use or need them. We will continue to encourage a higher profile for equality and diversity in our role as a regulator, public service provider and employer.
Our published equality diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement [PDF 446 KB] sets out our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. An EDI Strategy is due to be published by the end of 2019.
- Use our regulatory role to influence EDI promotion, prioritisation and change
- Work to promote desired behaviours in terms of EDI for the individual, business, registrants and the public
- Learn from best practice in EDI through engaging with the local community and networks and embed feedback on an on-going basis
- Ensure that our published equality action plans link directly with our corporate planning strategies and focus on embedding EDI in the work of the GPhC, as we believe that EDI should be an integral part of everything we do
- Enhance our EDI data collection across the organisation to support the analysis of equality impact and make changes to our policies and services where appropriate
- Consider the health, wellbeing and vulnerability of our staff and service users, ensuring that fairness, care and transparency are high on our agenda
- Promote inclusion through a programme of activities for our staff
- Work with our disability partner to carry out a gap analysis and develop disability awareness as a start to becoming a disability champion
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (HR)
We are striving to encourage equality of opportunity for everyone in employment and are committed to ensuring that unlawful discrimination does not occur in employment or against members of the public, registrants or any of our service users.
We have set out a equality, diversity and inclusion policy [PDF 129 KB] so we can be clear how we will put this commitment into practice.
The GPhC is part of Stonewall's diversity champions programme.
Becoming disability confident
The Business Disability Forum (BDF), until very recently the Employers' Forum on Disability, is a leading employers' organisation focused on disability as it affects business. Their mission is to enable companies to become disability confident.
The GPhC is working with the BDF to ensure we build a business case for disability confidence; develop policy and culture change; remove barriers and make adjustments for individuals. Being a member of BDF means we are a part of a network of employers that can obtain specialist advice on understanding how disability affects our stakeholders.
Welsh Language Scheme
The GPhC recognises the cultural and linguistic needs of the Welsh speaking public and we are committed to implementing the principle of equality at every opportunity and can see the full value in providing a service to patients and the public in their chosen language. The Welsh language scheme [PDF 646 KB] has been agreed so that the GPhC can provide services to the Welsh speaking public.