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Third RPS Workforce Wellbeing Survey launched

Today we have launched our third annual Workforce Wellbeing survey, in partnership with Pharmacist Support, as part of our campaign to champion the mental health and wellbeing of pharmacists.

We need you to complete the survey to find out how you are feeling and if you have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support when needed.

The survey is open to all pharmacists in every setting, including students. This year’s survey is focussed on exploring the prevention of poor mental health and wellbeing at work.

Our 2020 mental health and wellbeing survey found that 89% of the pharmacy workforce were at high risk of burnout and 34% of respondents had considered leaving the pharmacy profession.

The survey provides evidence of the mental health and wellbeing challenges you’re facing in the workplace. The results inform our work with governments across Great Britain, the NHS and wider stakeholders to define how the mental health and wellbeing of pharmacists can be better supported.

Our previous Workforce Wellbeing survey led to the creation of the RPS Inclusion and Wellbeing pledge, which supports pharmacists health and wellbeing and has been signed over 1,000 times by employers, organisations, pharmacy teams and individual pharmacists.

Through our Workforce Wellbeing campaign RPS has achieved access for all pharmacists to national health and wellbeing services across Great Britain in parity with other healthcare professions.

Claire Anderson, RPS President, said:

“The Workforce Wellbeing survey is crucial for understanding the health and wellbeing challenges everyone from pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, to undergraduate students, face every day.

“We need you to fill out the survey to help make a difference and ensure everyone feels safe, happy and healthy in the workplace. It is equally crucial that employers listen and act on these needs and make the environment an enjoyable place to be.”

Danielle Hunt, Chief Executive of Pharmacist Support said:

“It’s important as the profession’s independent charity that we understand the changing needs of the people we are here to support.

“The results of this survey help us to develop and shape the charity’s services, with last year's results informing the development of our new counselling service and new proactive wellbeing resources. Previous results from this survey also spurred us on to develop the charity’s first wellbeing focused campaign, ACTNow, which we are about to run again for five weeks from 25th September.”

The Workforce Wellbeing Survey is anonymous you don’t need to be a member of RPS to take part. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Visit the Pharmacist Support website and find out more about RPS action on workforce wellbeing.

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