We are living through unprecedented times and as such we must all do our best to help. We know that community pharmacies are struggling under immense workloads. We also know that workforce pressures are likely to make this even more difficult.
Community pharmacies closing due to staff self-isolating will be a massive blow to the whole NHS and we want to help prevent that. To help pharmacy teams help each other, Pharmacy in Practice has committed all our resources to support pharmacy in light of the crisis.
We aren’t replacing normal processes or staff recruitment – but we know that many members of our wider pharmacy family are stepping up to support. We want to help get that support where it’s needed most.
We have created a platform to match volunteers or paid workers who want to help pharmacy teams who need support at this time. We envisage that the workforce pressure in community pharmacy will continue to rise in the coming weeks.
Our three objectives here are as follows:
- Allow pharmacy owners to fill in the vacancy form to advertise opportunities.
- Allow volunteers to tell us (and NHS colleagues) how and where they can help.
- Allow worker and employer to make contact themselves.
Please note the following important statement
- PIP is not providing any assurance regarding the registration or competence of individuals so contractors need to do that themselves.
- Volunteers need to follow the guidance below to determine people who should not be volunteering.
- PIP is not providing any assurance regarding the registration or competence of individuals so contractors need to do that themselves – as well as ensuring all processes or indemnity considerations are managed“
If you are a pharmacy manager for a large company, please check with your area manager or HR team before posting jobs.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to decide whether to engage with someone as a volunteer or a paid worker. As a volunteer or paid worker, you should decide if it is appropriate for you to be working at this time. Pharmacy in Practice is facilitating an information sharing service and therefore can take no responsibility for how employees or volunteers engage with employers.
Important guidance before engaging with this tool
- COVID-19: guidance for health professionals (UK).
- Health professionals: coronavirus (Wales).
- Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers (England).
- Coronavirus guidance (Health Protection Scotland).
- Guild of healthcare pharmacists FAQ page on Covid-19.
- CPPE return to practice learning hub.
Click here to view the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) resource page. This page is extremely comprehensive and provides advice for both the general public and also for health professionals. They have kindly removed their membership paywall and therefore are offering it to everyone free of charge.
RPS has also now published specific guidance including checklists for those considering returning to practice. We strongly recommend you access these resources before making the decision to get involved.
Buttercups Training would like to offer two free short courses, designed to enable non-pharmacy trained staff to provide temporary support to pharmacy teams and also support the training of people who are getting involved in doing pharmacy deliveries.
The NHS are asking all qualified and experienced pharmacists or pharmacy technicians to return to practice. Please click here to find out more about this scheme.
Community pharmacy owners
The map below (updated daily by our team) shows where the current calls for help are and also where the people who have offered help are located.
Once you fill in the form behind the link that you need to be filled for any pharmacy role in the coming weeks and months we will actively promote across our social media platforms.
Please note: this is free of charge platform intended to help, we are not acting as an agent.
With this in mind, we welcome you to add as much contact detail about the vacancy in the job advert as possible including what the nature of the help you require is and the location of the job. The form allows volunteers or potential employees to get in touch directly. Add loads of information and save time.
It is not essential but would be helpful if you could let us know when the call for help or vacancy is filled so that we can remove it as we prioritise new vacancies coming through. All aspects of engaging with the employee and volunteer is your responsibility as an employer.
Volunteers or those seeking employment
👇 Alternatively, you can fill in the form below to tell us how you can help. 👇
Please note you might be contacted directly by Mags Watson to co-ordinate placing your services.
Again, to be crystal clear this is a free service for employees and employers and one that we are happy to provide in light of current events. Please share this widely in your networks.
Please note we are not acting as an employment agent here rather we are acting as a matching platform. We are helping to match the community pharmacy contractors who need help with the volunteers or workers who wish to lend a hand. This page will be taken down when the pandemic passes and things settle.
Very best wishes to all,
Search below for community pharmacies near you that need your support.
To view our jobs policy click here.