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Community Pharmacy Pressures Survey - Please Complete 

Pharmacy teams are asked to complete the CPWY Community Pharmacy Pressures Survey so that CPWY is aware of the issues that you are currently facing.  CPWY will use this information in our discussions with CCGs to highlight the pressures pharmacy teams are facing, including any pressures as a result of displaced patients.  The survey is anonymous and only asks you to identify which PCN your pharmacy is based in.  The survey does not capture and will not identify your pharmacy. 

Access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CPWYPressuresSurvey 

This survey can be completed as often as you wish to update us on changes or new issues and to keep us up to date as to the current issues. We encourage you to complete it regularly so that we have an up to date picture of reality for our contractors.



Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (our ICS) has been launched and can be accessed here:  https://workforce.wyhpartnership.co.uk/.  The hub has been developed in recognition that COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of people’s lives. Changes to routine and working environment, loss of colleagues, friends and family members and prolonged periods of stress may have put you under extraordinary strain. 

If you work in a health and care environment and are experiencing feelings that are difficult to cope with, the hub experienced mental health workers are here to support you and find the extra help that is right for you. 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is completely confidential and offers advice and support that can help with a range of issues.  The Hub team is developing its advice and support for issues such as emotional wellbeing to bereavement, debt, domestic violence and relationship issues.   Please take 2 mins to watch this vimeo about the West Yorkshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub: https://vimeo.com/556212187/d114a846fd.

Whether you just need some general wellness advice, or more extensive psychological support, the hub is here to help you.  For further information visit the hub website here: https://workforce.wyhpartnership.co.uk/ 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub complements the other wellbeing support available to pharmacy teams.  A summary of the support can be found on the PSNC website here: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/covid19/wellbeing-and-testing/ (see the wellbeing section towards the bottom of the webpage). 

You may want to consider having a wellbeing conversation with those in your pharmacy team.  This animation may help you in starting a wellbeing conversation: What is a wellbeing conversation? - YouTube



Wellbeing Resources

Pharmacists and their teams have been spending all of their time through this pandemic serving their patients and their communities. Amidst the pace of the days it is often too easy to forget about your own wellbeing and that of your teams. Please take some time to take care of yourselves and your teams so you can continue to take care of your patients and your communities; we hope the tools below will help you to do so.
A ‘where to start guide’ for pharmacy staff
The wellbeing and accessing support during the COVID-19 pandemic – a ‘where to start guide’ for pharmacy staff recognises that online support is widely available but the range of support can feel overwhelming and includes guidance to help you think about the type of help that you need.
NHS Resources
Access the support via the NHSE&I website
NHSE&I has organised a range of psychological support for all NHS staff, including those working in community pharmacy, during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes: 

Our NHS - Health and Wellbeing Brochure 

Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others for primary care – a brochure of support is available below.

Our NHS People (Primary Care) H&WB Brochure - April 2021


Pharmacist Support Resources
Pharmacist Support is the profession’s independent charity for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists, trainees and MPharm students. The charity’s free and confidential support includes a suite of wellbeing resources
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (ICS)
Information on who to contact in a crisis, plus local info and support.
The ICS partnership has made resources available that have been selected by experts as representing best practice and being accessible to all health and care colleagues. They have been brought together to support health and wellbeing with a focus on all areas of life, care, and work. This is a longer-term offer, with the intention to sustain beyond COVID-19. It recognises that we are all individuals and may require different support at different points, during these challenging times. Access the resources here: https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/new-workforce-health-and-wellbeing   



Last Updated: 17th September 2021