Pharmacist Support launches campaign to tackle workplace culture

The annual campaign – which launched yesterday (September 25) on World Pharmacists Day and will run until October 22 – will focus on “breaking the mental health and wellbeing silence, transforming workplace culture, developing the pharmacy team and prioritizing individual well-being,” the charity says.

It follows a 2021 Workplace Wellbeing Survey which was conducted jointly by Pharmacist Support and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The charity’s chief executive, Danielle Hunt, said: “To enable people to thrive, it’s critically important that the sector provides working environments that allow this to happen.”

Pharmacist Support’s research found “high levels of burnout…coupled with poor mental health and wellbeing support,” she said. Barriers that prevent pharmacy professionals from getting the support they need include concerns about confidentiality and the subsequent impact on their careers, she added.

Ms Hunt continued: “As well as providing a safe space where people can share their concerns and access free and confidential support, campaigns such as ACTNow give us the opportunity to highlight issues that affect well- being part of our pharmacy family and bringing people together to open useful and sometimes thought-provoking conversations.

This year’s ACTNow campaign therefore aims to “provide practical solutions” that will help organizations ensure that wellbeing practices are embedded in the workplace, the charity said.

Pharmacist Support has teamed up with manufacturer Teva UK and the Pharmacists’ Defense Association for this campaign.

Their support has enabled the charity to provide free campaign materials including panel discussion videos, podcasts and posters, the charity commented.

Pharmacy professionals can sign up for the ACTNow campaign here.

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