For each sector, The Better Hiring Institute advisory board appoint a sub-committee of up to ten organisations. The purpose of each sub-committee is to meet with others in your sector for an hour every 6-8 weeks with the aim to discuss how you could potentially standardise for your industry, challenges and issues that you face, and any key themes. This is with a view to harmonise and modernise hiring in the UK labour market. 

If you would like to become a sub-committee member and collaborate with industry and UK GOV specifically on matters that relate to your industry, get in touch.

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Who regulates the industry?

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) – Body responsible for the Pharmacy profession's independent regulation within England, Scotland and Wales. The Council is responsible for the regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 transferred the power of regulation to the GPhC.

Functions

  • Update and maintenance of the registers of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy premises and pharmacy training premises.
  • These registers can be accessed by any member of the public online on their website.

Standard of Practice for initial education and training

The Standards of Good Regulation - These Standards set out the Authority’s expectations about the outcomes that it expects from regulators and their approach to their work.

Screening requirements for the industry

  • Identity and document verification check
  • Credit check
  • Integrity and regulatory checks
  • DVLA check.
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Educational & professional verification
  • Employment history checks
  • Criminal records check

Examples of roles and associated checks

Assistant Pharmacist

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 5 years employment history
  • 3 years referencing
  • Standard criminal record check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)

Pharmaceutical Director

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 6 years employment history
  • 5 years referencing
  • Standard criminal record check
  • Sanctions check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)
  • Directorship check
  • Social media check
  • Adverse media check

Pharmacist

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 6 years employment history
  • 5 years referencing
  • Standard criminal record check
  • Sanctions check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)
  • Professional qualifications (where applicable)

Case for change

The absence of an overriding organisation setting standards for hiring across the UK means that there is no singular driving force for change to modernise the labour market by eliminating waste, inefficiency, and poor productivity across all sectors and industries. We want to streamline and modernise hiring and promote safe recruitment across all sectors, including tackling various recruitment fraud, which has increased during COVID.

What happens if you don't get it right?

Join the subcommittee for your industry.
Get involved.
If you are interested, just let us know! Appoint a representative for your organisation and we will get in touch and facilitate arrangements. Simple as that.
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