We need your views on pharmacy networking

We’ve launched a new survey to help us develop a new online community to facilitate pharmacist networking.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which many of us interact with each other. We recognise the future is about a blended model of face-to-face and digital connections. Our workforce mental health and wellbeing survey last autumn showed that some pharmacists are feeling isolated, so we’re working to create an online community to help keep pharmacists connected.

We want to build a mobile-friendly service that meets the needs of our members. This survey is looking for views on networking generally, how the new community should function and whether this type of service will be a valuable resource. 

We welcome responses from pharmacists working in England, Scotland and Wales and across all sectors, both RPS members and non-members, as well as pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy students.

Clare Morrison, RPS Director for Scotland and lead for the networking project, said: “We heard clearly in our wellbeing survey that some pharmacists are feeling isolated. Creating an online community is part of what we are doing to support better wellbeing among the pharmacy profession. But we really need pharmacists’ help to get this new service right. Whenever a new service is created, it is essential to involve the people who will actually use it in the service design. That’s why we are so keen for pharmacists to be involved in shaping what our new online community will look like.”

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and will be open until Sunday 21 February. All information provided will be confidential and responses will be completely anonymous. Data collected will not be passed on to third parties or used for any purposes beyond this evaluation. There is an option to enter a prize draw of a £50 John Lewis voucher for taking part.

Click here to complete the survey.