Research reveals mental health concerns in pharmacy

Research reveals mental health concerns in pharmacy

December 10, 2019

Almost three-quarters of pharmacists say their training or working life has had an impact on their mental health or wellbeing at some point, new research has revealed.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the independent charity Pharmacist Support have today (10th December) announced the results of a recent survey of over 1,300 pharmacists, which will be used to campaign to extend NHS-funded wellbeing support to pharmacists.

Significantly, 80% of respondents said they were at high or very high risk of burnout due to exhaustion, with more than half stating they felt they didn’t spend enough time with family and friends and had considered a change of career.

Reasons identified by respondents included a lack of support staff and worrying about making mistakes.

More detailed analysis of the data will be published in Spring 2020 but you can find out more about the Workforce Wellbeing campaign here.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“PSNC shares the RPS and Pharmacist Support’s concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of everyone working in the community pharmacy sector. We have previously raised concerns about the pressure on pharmacies to Ministers and will continue to do so, and we support calls for pharmacists to have access to more wellbeing support funded by the NHS.

In recent years many pharmacy teams have raised concerns about being asked to do more for less, and the PSNC Committee remain very concerned about the financial and capacity pressures currently facing many community pharmacies. The ongoing negotiations about the outstanding elements of the five-year agreement, as well as the built-in annual reviews, are opportunities to discuss the potential impact of changes on the sector with Government, and we will continue to do that.”

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