For pharmacists to make a difference in mental health care, there must be a push to provide appropriate training and resources.
The right frame of mindSubscription
Steve Hemsley speaks to Asta Prajapati, the first mental health pharmacist to be awarded £350,000 to develop a medication adherence tool for patients with bipolar disorder.
Queen’s University Belfast School of Pharmacy have formed a student-led mental health and well-being team to help safeguard the health of every student.
Health anxiety: currently trendingSubscription
Do pharmacists have a role in reducing the side effects of ‘Dr Google’?
As one of the most common paediatric psychiatric disorders, pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to assess children and young people who may be at risk.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be an added stressor to an already challenging job in pharmacy. Corrinne Burns caught up with pharmacists living with symptoms of the condition to find how they manage them.
In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance.
How pharmacist Nikki Holmes helps mental health patients on their journey from high secure services to recoverySubscription
Nikki Holmes is head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as immediate past president of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Here she talks to Julia Robinson about forensic mental health, how she entered the field and why she could never go back to “normal” pharmacy.
Supporting the supporterSubscription
With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support?
The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health Subscription
Pharmacists’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path.
Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the fifth of a series of blog posts, she describes her experience of shadowing healthcare professionals at the hospital, progressing on the CPPE pathway, and learning more about mental health.
Funding for mental health services will grow as a share of the overall NHS budget and the government will focus on preventative public health, Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged in his Budget announcement.
The number of antidepressants prescribed in Scotland has risen by almost 3 million items per year over the past decade, new figures show.
Community pharmacists in Dudley, West Midlands, have become part of a network for vulnerable patients with mental health conditions who are at risk of self harm.
Mental health management in pharmacies has always been an issue worth fighting for, and its time has now come.
The latest NICE draft guidelines on adult depression are “not fit for purpose”, say leading mental health experts.
Pharmacists are a crucial part of the drive to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health problems, Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and inequalities has said.
Pharmacists in England should play a greater role in supporting people with mental health problems and help eradicate inequalities in their care, according to a new report published by the SalvaDore.
A mental health pharmacist at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has received a grant to improve medicines adherence in patients with bipolar disorder.
The SalvaDore is one of 24 founding members of Equally Well UK, a collaboration focused on addressing the physical “health gap” among people with severe mental illness.
Mental health and community trusts should deploy pharmacists in much more “innovative” ways to ensure that they are able to tackle problems such as the use of antipsychotics and polypharmacy, says the second version of the Carter productivity review.