The PSS has presented findings of the National Stress and Wellbeing Survey of Pharmacists, Intern Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students to an international audience
This month Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) executive officer Kay Dunkley presented a paper at the International Practitioner Health Summit 2018: The Wounded Healer in London.
After presenting the findings of the National Stress and Wellbeing Survey of Pharmacists, Intern Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students to an international audience, Ms Dunkley attended the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham and met with the UK Pharmacist Support staff in their Manchester offices.
During her time at the Wounded Healer Summit, Ms Dunkley said she learned about initiatives across a wide range of health professions including medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary and allied health professionals.
She was able to attend a number of sessions which covered contemporary pharmacy practice in the UK including general practice pharmacy.
Speakers and delegates came from countries including USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain and Ireland, said Ms Dunkley.
“Themes of the conference included resilience and healthy workplaces; mindfulness; the emotional impact of caring; burnout among health professionals; mistakes, complaints and blame culture; mental health management and stigma in health professionals; addiction in the health professional; impairment and management by regulators; and suicide in health professionals,” she said.
At the Pharmacy Show, Ms Dunkley had the opportunity to meet with delegates and exhibitors including the British Pharmacy Students Association (BPSA), pre-registrant pharmacists, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA), pharmacy training providers, academics and practising pharmacists.
In Manchester she spent time with the staff employed by the UK Pharmacist Support covering their programs and services, including the development of well-being seminars for pharmacists, marketing and fundraising, involvement of volunteers and charity management.
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