Dear Credentialed Member <<First Name>><<Last Name>>,
We have been approached by the publishers of “The Pharmacist”, to recommend a speaker at their annual conference, Pharmacy Forward, on Sunday 10th June at the BCEC conference centre in central Birmingham (next to New Street Station).
Their conference is “a professional development event aimed at community pharmacists and their teams” and may have attendees including community pharmacists, community Pharmacy Technicians, and possibly some counter assistants also. It is expected that most attending will be from the midlands but it is an international event. Some are likely to have done the Mental Health First Aid course.
In response to requests from community pharmacists they have proposed a session as part of the 'clinical effectiveness' stream on “managing patients in mental health crisis within community pharmacy”.
I spoke with the contact at Cogora and clarified that “mental health crisis” is a term that has a very different meaning within mental health services. As experienced in prior interactions we have had with our community colleagues, there is a significant amount of uncertainty and apprehension about interacting with people experiencing mental health difficulties. The scenario mentioned by the advisory board suggesting the topic was dealing with someone in distress perhaps when there is a queue of patients in a busy pharmacy. I think this is an excellent opportunity to challenge stigma and highlight that appropriate care of patients with mental health conditions is just the same as appropriate care and compassion for patients with physical health conditions!
The session is for 45 minutes from 2.45 to 3.30pm. A fee of £250 is payable to the speaker and travel cost can be covered also.
Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ciara Ni Dhubhlaing MPharm, MSc, MPSI, MCMHP.
Vice President, College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)