Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Pharmacy Workforce and Wellness

Pharmacy Workforce Wellness

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CPhA Pharmacy Workforce Wellness Initiative:

Canada’s first national pharmacy-based mental health and resilience campaign

CPhA launched the Pharmacy Workforce Wellness initiative to address the core causes driving stress and burnout in the profession, and identify solutions and strategies aimed at minimizing the impact of the pandemic and its effect on the pharmacy workforce.

 
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92% of pharmacy professionals are at risk of burnout

 

The capacity of pharmacy teams has been stretched throughout the pandemic. With the high workloads and staffing challenges we are seeing pressures on our workforce like never before. Pharmacy teams have taken on a lot to help carry us through the pandemic over and it has become clear that their unwavering commitment to meet the increased public demand for their knowledge and services has put their own wellness at risk.

“Canada’s pharmacy teams have proudly taken on a huge role in our pandemic response, they’ve remained a steadfast resource for their communities and have become a leading provider of COVID-19 vaccinations and guidance. But the unrelenting demands, coupled with added administrative burdens and staffing challenges have pushed us to a tipping point.”


Dr. Danielle Paes
Chief Pharmacist Officer

The current state of the pharmacy profession

CPhA launched the Canadian Pharmacy Mental Health and Workforce Wellness Survey earlier this year to better understand the state of mental health and workforce wellness within the profession and help inform the next steps of the Pharmacy Workforce Wellness initiative.

The survey data revealed a concerning picture of the health of Canada’s pharmacy workforce after more than two years on the frontline of the pandemic:

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1 in 5 consider their mental health and well-being to be 'good' or 'very good,' and almost all pharmacy professionals (92%) are at risk of burnout.

48%

48% experience abuse or harassment from patients at least weekly.

52%

52% of pharmacy professionals indicated that inadequate staffing is having a severe negative impact on their mental health and well-being.

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72% considered leaving their position (40%) or leaving the pharmacy profession entirely (32%) during the pandemic due to the impact of work on mental health and well-being.

 

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A national conversation

Survey results were presented and discussed with the pharmacy community during the CPhA National Town Hall - Pharmacy at a crossroads: The state of mental health and workforce wellness for pharmacy professionals on May 3, 2022.

CPhA also hosted a live panel discussion with stakeholders from across the country at our national conference on June 11, 2022. The session Pharmacy Workforce Wellness: Securing the profession further explored key stressors, as well as emerging themes from the points raised by participants during the CPhA Town Hall.

Our Action Plan

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Mental Health and resilience campaign
Developing research, events, resources and a sector-wide action plan to support our pharmacy teams.

 
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Pharmacy workforce data
Building accurate, long-term data about the supply and demand for pharmacy professionals to support patient care in Canada.

 
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Building consensus
Bringing the pharmacy community together and collaborating with other health professions

 
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Advocacy
Using our strong voice to secure the long-term future of the profession and the sector as a key partner in health care.

 
 

Next steps

  • Listening to the profession: During this initial phase of the Pharmacy Workforce Wellness initiative, we will continue to gather important information from the pharmacy community, this includes data collected through the Canadian Pharmacy Mental Health and Workforce Wellness Survey and insights, comments and feedback received following the May 2022 CPhA Town Hall.
  • Pharmacy Workforce Wellness Steering Committee: CPhA has formed a multi-stakeholder steering committee with representatives from across the pharmacy community that will serve as an advisory body to assist in providing guidance and direction as we move the initiative forward.
  • Pharmacy Wellness Taskforce: CPhA is establishing a taskforce comprised of pharmacy professionals to assist with identifying, developing and promoting mental health resources and supports for the pharmacy workforce. 

GET INVOLVED: CPhA is looking for front-line pharmacy professionals in every setting to support and contribute to our Pharmacy Workforce Wellness initiative. If you would like to learn more and/or get involved in these efforts, let us know.

 

The Pharmacy Workforce Wellness initiative is sponsored by:

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Partners: Your opportunity

We are looking for sector partners to support Canada’s first national pharmacy-based mental health and resilience campaign. Demonstrate your commitment to the mental health and well-being of the pharmacy teams that carried us through the pandemic and help shape the future of pharmacy.