A government advisor has recommended that recruitment agencies should ensure care workers can speak English to a minimum acceptable standard before placing them in the homes of vulnerable people. Similar restrictions would presumably apply to the recruitment and selection of health care assistants, and other staff, in care homes and hospitals. Good communication skills, in the more general sense, are to be required for the new Care Certificate.
Day, L. (2014). Care agencies ‘must ensure recruits can speak English’. London: BBC Health News, May 7th 2014.