The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacist Support have hosted key stakeholders at a roundtable on the impact of pharmacy workforce wellbeing on patient safety.
Held yesterday at RPS in London, the roundtable followed the results of our annual Workforce Wellbeing Survey which showed continued pressures on pharmacy teams.
The discussion explored the actions needed to support staff so they can continue providing safe and effective patient care and included representatives from the NHS, professional bodies, employers, trade unions, education and regulators.
Attendees have issued a joint statement, recognising the shared endeavour to support pharmacy teams across all sectors of practice to deliver patient care.
A report of the roundtable will be published in the summer.
Amandeep Doll, RPS Head of Professional Belonging, said:
“We know that pharmacy teams go above and beyond for their patients, but are also under enormous pressure.
“Now more than ever, we need to strive to make the pharmacy profession more inclusive and ensure that everyone’s wellbeing is supported.
“It is vital that we do all we can to encourage people into pharmacy and to support them so they can enhance their skills, develop their careers, and continue to deliver high-quality patient care.
“This discussion was a welcome step and showed that making a difference for staff wellbeing requires a concerted effort from stakeholders across the whole of pharmacy.
“RPS will produce a report of the discussion and as a group we have committed to meeting again in six months.”
Read the joint statement.
Find out more about the RPS Inclusion and Wellbeing Pledge.
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