The General Pharmaceutical Council is committed to delivering equality, improving diversity and being inclusive in all our work as a healthcare regulator and an employer.
Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is central to everything that we do and are woven throughout our Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan, which sets out our roadmap for the future of pharmacy regulation.
Delivering equality, improving diversity and fostering inclusion: our strategy for change 2021 – 2026 [PDF 986 KB]. This is a framework which outlines how we work together with internal and external stakeholders to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty created under the Equality Act 2010, and go beyond our legal obligations in this area.
Read this strategy in Welsh [PDF 689 KB]
The strategy covers all aspects of our work as a regulator and employer. It sets out three strategic themes, each of which is underpinned with a series of strategic objectives and outcomes. It will be implemented through an action plan which maps out key activities for delivery and success measures.
We report annually to our Council on progress and we may provide other interim updates as and when necessary.
We consulted on our draft strategy to help transform the GPhC’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion - Read the consultation analysis report [PDF 638 KB]
Standards and guidance
Inclusive pharmacy practice
Inclusive pharmacy practice (IPP) is a joint initiative with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, and a number of partner organisations, including the General Pharmaceutical Council. Our chief executive, Duncan Rudkin, sits on the IPP Advisory Board.
Inclusive pharmacy practice focuses on making the workplace more inclusive for pharmacy professionals, with a senior leadership that reflects our diverse communities, to improve health inequalities in the population. It involves open conversations and meaningful actions to improve the experience of both patients and pharmacy professionals.
It is about engaging with local communities, helping to improve their health, and addressing the inequalities that people – particularly those from ethnically diverse backgrounds – can experience.
You can read more about the IPP principles and themes on the NHS England website.
Here are some examples of IPP in practice:
Case studies and articles about equality, diversity and inclusion in pharmacy
Other resources and information
We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and also member of Business Disability Forum.
Being members of specialist equality organisations leading in their sectors means that we are a part of a wider pool of employers and organisations from across sectors on a journey to advance equality, raise awareness, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. Through our memberships, we receive dedicated support and advice, and keep abreast of the most up to dated good practice to support patients, registrants, our workforce and wider 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.