RPS launches campaign on workforce wellbeing

RPS launches campaign on workforce wellbeing

October 25, 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a campaign, in partnership with the charity Pharmacist Support, which calls for all pharmacists to have access to services to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Research by Pharmacist Support earlier this year found that 71% of respondents identified mental health as a key issue affecting the pharmacy sector.

A first step in the campaign is a survey for pharmacists across all settings. The results build on the Pharmacist Support research and will form a report which will be used to identify areas where additional support and intervention might be needed. The report will be presented to Government.

RPS President Sandra Gidley said that the RPS had heard from many members experiencing pressures at work which affect their mental health and wellbeing. “As demands on the NHS rise, so do the pressures on individuals, their morale and their health. We want equal access for all to a support service that’s funded by the NHS,” Ms Gidley said.

Community pharmacists are encouraged to take part in the survey which is available here.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“At this critical time for community pharmacies, as we begin to implement the five-year CPCF deal, it is more important than ever that we do all we can to look after the health and wellbeing of our pharmacists. PSNC has raised concerns about the pressure on pharmacies to Government and we will continue to do so in support of this important campaign.”

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