The General Pharmaceutical Council has urged community pharmacy teams to take part in a study investigating the risks of Covid-19 to the health of ethnic minority healthcare workers.

“We have written to a cross-section of GPhC pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, inviting them to participate in the United Kingdom Research Study into Ethnicity and Covid-19 Outcomes in Healthcare Workers (UK-REACH),” GPhC said in a statement on Monday (Dec 7). The study, led by the University of Leicester, is backed by the UK government.

The research project will follow a group of healthcare workers from a range of ethnic backgrounds and healthcare professions for a year to see what changes occur in their physical and mental health, how they have changed their professional and social behaviours in response to Covid-19, and how risky their jobs are.

The study will also include non-clinical staff integral to the day to day running of healthcare institutions, including cleaners, kitchen staff and porters.

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