Pharmacy teams get free access to Covid-19 mental health training

Latest

Pharmacy teams get free access to Covid-19 mental health training

In Latest

Pharmacy teams are among those who can access Public Health England’s new psychological first aid (PFA) training course, aimed at helping key workers and volunteers provide mental health support to colleagues and members of the public during the Covid-19 crisis.

According to PHE, the free online course helps key workers develop the skills needed to provide psychological support to people affected by the pandemic, such as individuals who have been bereaved or lost their job, or those struggling with isolation during the lockdown.

The course, which takes around 90 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the social learning platform Future Learn, also looks at how national emergencies can impact mental health, how to recognise people who may be more vulnerable and how to offer practical and emotional support.

PFA tools are being used worldwide during the pandemic and are supported by the World Health Organization and United Nations, said PHE.

PHE medical director Yvonne Doyle said yesterday: “The current pandemic has had a profound impact on all of our daily lives and none more so than our frontline workers who are seeing the effects of the outbreak first hand.

“Our training course aims to provide frontline staff and volunteers with additional resources on how to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing, how to provide support to those who need it most and advice on how to cope with difficult situations.”

Mental health minister Nadine Dorries commented: “Supporting each other’s mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever during these challenging and uncertain times. Staff and volunteers in many different roles are working tirelessly to provide crucial support at this time and are often a critical touchpoint in identifying those who may be affected.

“This new training course will help to support the incredible work of frontline workers to support those most in need both through the coronavirus outbreak and beyond, equipping them with vital tools to deliver psychological first aid.”

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS welcomes NHS patient safety strategy

The RPS has welcomed the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, and says that pharmacists will take centre stage.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Public should wear face coverings in pharmacies says RPS

Matt Hancock announced it will be compulsory for all hospital visitors and outpatients to wear face coverings “at all times”.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

New NICE guidelines on hypertension treatment

The new recommendations reduce the CVD risk threshold at which treatment for hypertension should be considered.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

European authorities approve cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy

European authorities have for the first time approved a cannabis-based medicine for use in severe childhood epilepsy.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Abdominal cancer campaign launches

The ‘Help Us Help You – Abdominal Symptoms of Cancer’ campaign launched on 9 November 2020.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS president slams Poundland over ’irresponsible’ paracetamol offer

RPS president Sandra Gidley calls Poundland “irresponsible” for its multi-buy offer on paracetamol.

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored education

OTC Omeprazole tablets 20mg: an opportunity for pharmacy

This module highlights a new opportunity to treat heartburn and reflux in the pharmacy with Omeprazole 20mg, which is newly available for customers to purchase OTC.

10 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Videos

Treating acid reflux and heartburn in the pharmacy

Understand how omeprazole 20mg works to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms

2 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored education

Challenge your thinking on warts and verrucas

Discover different treatment options for warts and verruas and when to recommend them to your customers, based on their individual needs

17 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored education

Build your confidence in advising customers with erection problems so you can help make a real difference to their lives 

2 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored education

Advising customers of a unique formulation for a blocked and runny nose from colds

Understand the differences between topical medication for nasal symptoms of the common cold, and topical medication for ongoing nasal problems

25 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored education

Men's health how-to guide

This video offers advice and inspiration from pharmacist Ade Williams that you can use to improve your men’s health offering

9 Min Module