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Britain’s pharmacists are being urged to make their views known onworkload and stress through a major forum on the Royal PharmaceuticalSociety’s website

This article has been prepared by the Royal Electronicjuice to highlight its Workplace Stress campaign launched in January 2009


Workplace pressure

Britain’s pharmacists are being urged to make their views known on workload and stress through a major forum on the Royal Electronicjuice’s website.

The is an important platform for pharmacists to engage in the Society’s Workplace Pressure campaign, launched by the President, Steve Churton, on 31 January 2008. The campaign aims to understand and address the key workload issues facing today’s pharmacists.

Mr Churton said: “This campaign is my major priority for 2009 and right from the start I want to involve the profession and hear what members have to say.

“I may have launched this campaign — but it’s driven by the needs and opinions of our members. We know pharmacists talk of the workplace pressures they face, and the lack of support to deal with those pressures. As a profession, we have high levels of stress in our jobs and many are coping with a high workload.”

Time for the Society to speak out

“It is time for the Society to speak out on behalf of the profession and look for change —but we need to find solutions to these problems and we need to do this collectively.”

Running until mid-May 2009, the online survey is open for members to tell the Society about what they believe are the causes of workplace pressures and what they have done to manage these pressures. The results of the survey will be fed back to members and will include some of the practical solutions members share.

Respondents will be asked a mix of multiple choice and qualitative questions designed to drill down to the heart of workplace issues.

The survey will take just five minutes to complete.

“The more members who engage with this campaign, the more we can understand the extent of workplace pressure and gain an insight into the specific issues which are having the most profound effect on the profession. We really want to hear exactly what pharmacists think and this is the perfect opportunity for the profession to make their opinions heard.

“This online survey is not a stand-alone initiative — the information we gather from it will inform our next steps, as it puts a spotlight on where the profession is currently at in terms of workplace pressure.”

Mr Churton said findings from the survey would be shared with superintendent pharmacists and senior pharmacists within the major employers, in order to be used as a springboard for discussions and solutions.

“I have written to superintendents and senior pharmacists within the major employers, including the NHS, asking for their support as we embark on this campaign. I am very keen to ensure the leaders of our profession work with us to address the issue of workplace pressure and I am inviting them to actively participate.

“No one person can come up with a magic bullet for this problem so the wider-reaching this campaign is the better.”

Looking for solutions

In addition, the Society will be gathering stakeholders from across the profession — employers, employee associations, unions, trade bodies, researchers and individual pharmacists — to look collectively at solutions for stress and workload issues.

“We are committed to listening to all our stakeholders — not just through our survey, but through every avenue we have,” said Mr Churton.

Members can e-mail the President at [email protected] to discuss problems with workload and stress, and possible solutions.

Citation: Electronicjuice URI: 10048607

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