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Pharmacist Support: Trainee pharmacists get set to ACTNow for mental health awareness ahead of GPhC assessment

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Pharmacist Support’s annual mental health awareness campaign offers vital support ahead of GPhC assessment and registration transition

Trainee pharmacists across Great Britain are preparing to participate in Pharmacist Support‘s annual Trainee ACTNow Wellbeing Campaign, scheduled from May 20th to 24th.

Organised by the charity, this initiative aims to provide essential support as trainees approach the culmination of their placements and gear up for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) assessment.

Danielle Hunt, Chief Executive of Pharmacist Support, highlighted the campaign’s focus on addressing the significant stress and pressure trainees may experience during this critical period.

She stated: “We understand the anxiety and pressure they may feel, not only in preparing for the assessment but also in stepping into their roles as registered pharmacists.”

With an emphasis on fostering open conversations and building confidence, the campaign seeks to alleviate anxiety and promote mental wellbeing among trainees transitioning into registered pharmacists.

Partnering with Boots and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA), Pharmacist Support aims to offer a variety of resources and activities throughout the campaign week.

These resources will cover key topics such as managing anxiety, effective exam preparation, and the importance of maintaining healthy sleep habits.

The support group is also set to conduct a live workshop titled “Get Mentally Prepared for the Assessment” in collaboration with the PDA.

Claire Nevinson, Superintendent Pharmacist at Boots, emphasised the company’s commitment to supporting trainee pharmacists, recognising their integral role in community healthcare.

“Pharmacists are at the heart of delivering care to patients and customers in their communities and so it’s important that we at Boots look after their wellbeing and the wellbeing of the team that support them,” she said.

Paul Day, Director of Membership & Communities at the PDA, echoed Nevinson’s sentiments, stressing the need to address the challenges trainees face in balancing learning, work, and patient care.

Day reaffirmed the PDA’s support for the ACTNow campaign and highlighted the importance of prioritising trainee wellbeing.

Pharmacist Support expressed gratitude to its partners for their ongoing support, enabling the charity to provide essential services to thousands within the sector annually.

Trainees across Great Britain are urged to actively participate in the campaign, emphasising the importance of prioritising mental health and supporting one another during this critical phase of their careers.

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