The pilot of our wellbeing service is now well underway with 12 workshops complete and complimentary e-therapy sessions in progress. Three final sessions remain (in Glasgow and Birmingham) at the end of January, following which we will conduct a full service evaluation. Feedback across all three groups (pharmacists, trainees and pharmacy students) so far has been very positive. Comments include:
‘(The workshop) was pitched at the right level with group participation, handouts and lots of useful follow up tools.’
‘Think it’s a very good way to network with other pharmacists, appreciating we all have similar situations…Wish I had had this advice 2 year ago.’
‘I enjoyed the atmosphere of the group, the trainer’s ability to put us at ease, listen to thoughts and keep the focus positive.’
‘Really enjoyed the course – many thanks. I asked my line manager if I could share a tip/ technique with the other Pharmacists at our monthly Business Meeting. I shared the first one about positive attitude last week – I think it went down well!’
‘I think this is an excellent idea and very relevant to us as pharmacy students and it is great to know this before qualifying. I think this should be a compulsory part of the MPharm course because there is something to help everyone.’
The Wellbeing workshops were developed as the result of a legacy that was left to the charity in 2012. The charity conducted a survey to scope out the types of support needed and following feedback from over 950 respondents decided to pilot both wellbeing workshops and an online e-therapy tool. The sessions cover the science of stress and anxiety, their signs and symptoms, tips and techniques to help with feelings of pressure, including mindfulness and time management, information on cognitive behavioural therapy models (CBT) and their application, and finally practical information on the benefits of a positive lifestyle, including diet, exercise, sleeping well and doing activities that make you feel good.