Wellbeing of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Staff

The charity Pharmacist Support has launched a campaign to encourage pharmacy teams to look after their wellbeing and mental health.

The ACTNow campaign will run until the end of August and aims to support those working and studying in the profession to prioritise their own mental health and wellbeing, and to check in on their colleagues.

The ACTNow campaign encourages individuals to:

  • Allow time for wellbeing
  • Consider the needs of your colleagues
  • Take action.

A campaign website (WellbeingHub.PharmacistSupport.org) has been created as the central hub of information for the campaign. By signing up to ACTNow with an email address, individuals will have access to a range of resources including posters, tips, learning modules and videos, and will be kept up to date as new content is added. 

Pharmacy Support and Wellbeing – an offer by TALKWORKS (Devon Partnership Trust)

At TALKWORKS we recognise the significant efforts being made by our colleagues in healthcare by caring for people making sure that they receive their medication to stay fit and well and those fighting the coronavirus outbreak. The roles and responsibilities of our healthcare colleagues at this time are in very high demand, resulting in individuals pushing themselves to help others in need. TALKWORKS recognise these demands are creating immense pressure on key workers. Individuals may be feeling stressed, anxious or have anxiety about being at their workplace whilst we fight this global pandemic. They may also be worried about their frontline working colleagues and worried about friends and family. You do not need to suffer in silence. TALKWORKS is here to help.

As a part of your role you may also come into contact with the general public who are also experiencing similar feelings in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Please do sign post people to TALKWORKS if they share with you that they are feeling anxious and are struggling to cope at the moment. Or pass them one of our service leaflets if you have some to hand.

This is an uncertain time and we are here to help you find a way through and look after yourself. Don’t let worries overtake you. TALKWORKS is a free NHS service ready to help you today. Contact us on 0300 555 3344 or self-refer at www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk

If you are feeling the strain – Community pharmacies can now access NHS Devon CCG’s Employee Assistance Programme

During this unprecedented time when everyone is doing all they can to support the fight against the pandemic, the CCG has opened up access for community pharmacy teams to wellbeing support via CiC, Employee Assistance programme (EAP) provider.  For more information, there is an e-leaflet, an FAQ, possible reasons for contacting the service, and access details.

Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS Staff

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued information on the first in a series of psychological support for all NHS staff, including those working in primary care, during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/covid-19-support-free-access-to-wellbeing-apps/