We understand that the assessment is the culmination of five years of hard work and study. On this page you’ll find information about how Pharmacist Support can help you before, during and after the assessment. The links at the bottom of the page take you to further guidance and support available to you from us and other organisations.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
It is so important to try and look after your wellbeing during your training, through to being a qualified pharmacist. Maintaining positive wellbeing helps your mental and physical health and can help you perform better. It can contribute to achieving the success in your training and assessment you have worked so hard for. Positive wellbeing can reduce stress, increase resilience, and help you to confidently transition from trainee to pharmacist.
Wardley Wellbeing Hub
The Wardley Wellbeing Hub is a practical area of our site dedicated to you and your wellbeing needs. It hosts a range of resources and pharmacy stories that will help you to take control of your wellbeing and support your colleagues and peers to do the same. You can find a range of free resources, including:
- Wellbeing self-study learning modules
- Downloadable and printable resources
- Tips and advice from your pharmacist family across the country
- Info about other useful tools and apps
These resources cover a range of themes, including anxiety and relaxation, managing stress, positivity, developing time management skills, sleep, mindfulness and understanding your worries.
Added as part of our recent ACTNow campaign, the hub now includes tailored resources for students, trainees and newly qualified pharmacists.
- Our visualisation and preparedness video containing tips for the assessment from our Senior Wellbeing Officer, Melissa
- A Revision planner to help make sure you are balancing your revision time with activities inspired by the 5 ways to wellbeing.
- An anxiety and stress management for students self-learning module to help manage your wellbeing while you train and study
- Our exam-related anxiety fact sheet to help with how you may be feeling while you await your results
- Our Get Ready for the Pharmacy pack – Wellbeing in the workplace resource to help you prioritise your wellbeing as you begin work as a pharmacist
- Our fact sheet on using CBT to help you cope if you do not pass the assessment
Pharmacist Support’s Listening Friends service is staffed by trained volunteers. It provides callers with the opportunity to talk anonymously and in confidence to a pharmacist about any stresses they are facing in their work. Listening Friends can chat with trainees about many issues, for example anxiety about the assessment or difficult situations in the workplace.
Thanks to a grant from the Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA) we are now able to provide direct psychological support for those who are experiencing mental health issues. Through this funding we are able to fund six counselling sessions via phone or zoom.
The counselling service is appropriate for those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, a change in family circumstances that causes distress, bereavement, and other psychological issues. Click here to find out more about our Counselling offer.
Financial assistance and other specialist advice
For help with managing debt, identifying priority and non-priority debt and budgeting, check out our Help with Debt fact sheet.
For guidance on managing your money, check out our Managing your Money fact sheet.
You may also be able to apply for financial assistance towards essential expenditure. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, you can contact us so we can help you assess whether an application for financial assistance is the best route.
- Please note that if you are a trainee or provisionally registered pharmacist who has failed you can apply for financial assistance as soon as you have registered to resit the exam
- We will process your application and if you are suitable for a grant it will be paid on receipt of the evidence from the GPhC that you are eligible to sit or alternatively bank statement evidence that the GPhC have taken the resit fee.
We can refer you to specially trained advisers for confidential advice in the areas of benefits and tax credits, debt management and employment law (if you are not a member of a trade union).
Examples of typical support include:
- help with managing debts, including negotiating with creditors to reschedule payments
- benefits advice, to check entitlement, ensure you are receiving the correct amount of benefits and tax credits and provide help with completing forms
- advice on employment law, including discrimination, changes to terms and conditions and disciplinary or grievance procedures
Click here for more information about our Specialist Advice service.