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Employees with poor mental health should be offered support

Employees with poor mental health should be offered cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness or stress management, according to a draft guideline on mental health in the workplace. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) draft guideline on workplace mental wellbeing said organisations should adopt a preventive and proactive approach…
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Almost 90% of pharmacy students have not had mental health first aid training

Pharmacy students across the UK are missing out on vital mental health first aid training with many feeling the training is not properly integrated into their undergraduate degrees.   A study, published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice this week (31 August), which looked into the state of mental health education at pharmacy schools, found that…
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DHSC to launch new body to tackle obesity and poor mental health

A new Office for Health Promotion, intended to tackle obesity and improve mental health, will be in place by the autumn, it has been announced. The Office for Health Promotion, announced by the the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) this week, will combine Public Health England’s (PHE) health improvement expertise with existing DHSC health…
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NICE acne guidance suggests treatment and lifestyle advice amid recognition of mental health impact

People who are severely affected by their acne may need mental health support, according to new NICE guidance released today (June 25). In its first guidelines on managing acne, NICE concluded that although the type and severity of acne can vary, evidence suggested that any form of the condition can cause a person to experience…
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Pharmacists on mental health impact of Covid: ‘The pressure has been tremendous’

More than three-quarters (80%) of 99 pharmacy professionals responding to a recent survey said the work pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted on their mental health. The survey, which covered pharmacy finances, services and staff, ran on the Pharmacist’s website between 2 March and 12 April, and the full findings will be published next…
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Locum IP: ‘My plan is to keep adding areas to my skillset – including mental health’

Pharmacy locum Simranjit Jhita talks to Saša Janković about the benefits of being a peripatetic IP. Service type: Locum Independent Prescriber (IP). Name of pharmacy: Various pharmacies in Kent. Name of pharmacist: Simranjit Jhita. When did you start offering this service? After starting my career in community pharmacy with a Saturday job I went on to qualify as…
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Third of pharmacists report mental health impacted ‘significantly’ by Covid pandemic

More than half (54%) of pharmacists have reported that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their mental health, while nearly a third (31%) said it has had a ‘significant’ impact. The survey of 959 pharmacists, carried out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and charity Pharmacist Support, also found that most respondents (89%) were at risk of…
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Andrew Lane: ‘Pharmacists are well placed to spot mental health issues’

Pharmacies can help the NHS spot mental health issues in the community, Andrew Lane, chairman of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), told radio listeners last week. Speaking on BBC Hereford and Worcester (5 November), Mr Lane explained how pharmacies, much like family GPs, are well established in their communities and know their patients well enough…
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RPS: Pharmacists should take on greater role in mental health care

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is calling for pharmacists to take a central role in the mental health care of those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a new paper published last week, the body said pharmacy is ‘one of the most accessible of health professional groups’ and is therefore a ‘crucial…
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Plan to employ 50 community-based mental health pharmacists as part of NHS investment in workforce

The government has outlined plans to train 50 community-based specialist mental health pharmacists, as part of a plan to expand and develop the NHS workforce. As part of the NHS ‘People Plan,’ published yesterday, Health Education England (HEE) has committed to training mental health pharmacists alongside other healthcare professionals to continue ‘investment in training the…
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