With the announcement that England will go into a second national lockdown from today and with Scotland and Wales implementing their own restrictions, Covid-19 is still a very big factor in all our lives both at work and at home. We are working hard to ensure you're supported and kept safe whilst the pandemic continues. Our Covid-19 hub is regularly updated, our support team is here to respond to your questions and we continue to campaign on your behalf.
Your safety at work is a top priority. We’ll continue to lobby on the issues that really matter, based on lessons learned from the 1st wave and from listening to and engaging with members, the pharmacy profession and other professional groups across the NHS. We want to see:
- Greater protection of pharmacists and pharmacy teams
- Recognition and support for the pharmacy workforce
- Adjustments and flexibility in service provision to help the workforce and support the public
- Pharmacists and their teams empowered to use their clinical skills and judgement to support the public
Your wellbeing is of the utmost importance. The report on our recent mental health and wellbeing survey will be published later this month. Our engagement and lobbying programme will ensure you have all the support you need to prevent issues arising and to support you when they do.
We continue to push for individual workplace risk assessments to be undertaken and acted upon. We have seen the evidence on the impact of COVID19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and risk assessments are an important step to help make the workplace safer.
Robbie Turner, Director of Pharmacy and Member Experience, said:
“As we face another surge of COVID-19 cases this winter, pharmacy teams are facing enormous pressures on the front line. We will support you every step of the way.
“Please look out for our member communications and posts on social media to keep updated and tell us what the issues are for you, so we can continue to support you.”
Check out our Covid-19 hub and get in touch if there are ways you think we could help support pharmacy teams further.