BAME communities and Covid-19

There’s much work ongoing in the NHS and internationally around the increased risk of coronavirus in BAME communities.

Our profession has a high representation of BAME colleagues, comprising 43% of the pharmacy workforce. We recognise the impact on our profession and want to ensure pharmacy is included in national plans to keep healthcare workers safe.

We are doing two things immediately:

Director for England Ravi Sharma is a speaker at a webinar on Ethnicity, COVID-19 and Primary Care with NHS Chief People Officer Prerana Issar and Medical Director of Primary Care at NHS England Nikki Kanani at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6th May.

We will be holding our own Facebook Live event next Thursday to hear your views of the issues around BAME communities and the added risks colleagues and their teams may be facing. Keep an eye on our social media channels for how to join this event.


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Your dedication and commitment during the pandemic has been exceptional.

As we brace for a surge of coronavirus infections, we know that pharmacy will be at the forefront of delivering healthcare.

Whether it’s flu vaccinations or dealing with local lockdowns we need decisions and assurances from the Government to make sure our profession can cope. We must make sure pharmacists get enough supplies of PPE, rapid access to testing in all care settings, and the recognition you deserve.

You told us that our leadership and resources during in the early months of the pandemic were of critical importance. We are now updating our highly valued COVID-19 resources and training webinars to make sure they reflect current - and changing - guidance.

If the enormous mental and physical strain of the past few months is repeated ahead of this winter, the health service will be on its knees. We will be there to make sure pharmacists get mental health and wellbeing support.

We will continue to work hard to give you the tools and guidance to do your job safely. And fight to make sure you get the recognition you deserve.
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