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Pharmacists are feeling overworked – according to a survey

11th December 2019

The Pharmacist Support charity (PS) and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) conducted a survey on the overall mental wellbeing of pharmacists in their workplace, and managed to obtain one-thousand-three-hundred and twenty-four responses. The results exposed that one fifth of respondents feel like they are set unrealistic goals by their company or manager, which contributes to a large volume of their negative mental wellbeing, moreover the same fraction stated that a large proportion of their negative mental wellbeing was down to the lack of pharmacy support staff. Nearly fifty percent of pharmacists said that they were constantly anxious of providing an inadequate service to their patients and making errors in the workplace. Due to hefty workloads, over fifty percent of respondents don’t have enough time to interact with friends and family, and eighty-percent feel their exhaustion levels are simply too high.

CEO of Pharmacist Support, Danielle Hunt, stated: “Sadly, we are not surprised by the statistics around stress and burnout revealed through this survey,” adding that the charity hears on a daily basis from pharmacists struggling to deal with the pressures faced at work. Unfortunately for some, by the time they reach out for help, they have already reached crisis point. Having seen demand for our services increase significantly in recent years, we are pleased to be working with the RPS to find more ways to provide funded support, crucial to ensuring a resilient pharmacy workforce.”

President of the RPS, Sandra Gidley, stated: “Demands are increasing and resources are scarce. This is not specific to one sector but impacts pharmacists wherever they work. We are the third largest health profession but come bottom in workplace mental health provision. We’re calling for all pharmacists to gain equal access to a support service that’s funded by the NHS, so they can continue to provide safe and effective care. At present, only those pharmacists employed directly by the NHS get access to help, alongside doctors and dentists, who get it wherever they work. At present, only those pharmacists employed directly by the NHS get access to help, alongside doctors and dentists, who get it wherever they work. The government must address this as a matter of urgency. The NHS is at risk of creating workforce inequalities by providing support services for some staff and not others.

The study can be found at: : https://www.rpharms.com/about-us/news/details/Pharmacists-suffer-the-mental-health-consequences-of-workplace-pressures

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