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
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.
Pharmacist Support’s Listening Friends service is staffed by trained volunteers and 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 suffering from 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 trainees and PRPs who have failed can apply for financial assistance as soon as you have registered to resit the exam (between 10 and 31 May)
- 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.