Good physical health and good mental health are linked. There remains an urgent need to improve the physical health and healthcare of people with mental health problems. People with severe and prolonged mental health problems are at risk of dying on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population. Conversely, changes to physical health can lead to poor mental health.
The development of this framework of core mental health competencies for all pharmacy professions was started before the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision to fast-track its publication was taken because of the importance of supporting people and colleagues with their mental health in a period that is challenging for everyone. Please read the pharmacy extended roles report.
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Pharmacy for mental health
Read how better use of pharmacy staff to support patients and clinical staff adds tremendous value to NHS mental health services. Read Anita Solanki's blog. She is HEE’s Mental Health Training Programme Director, North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation.
Read more about new roles in mental health pharmacy.