How pharmacists can help people with mental health issues

A University of Brighton pharmacist will be at the House of Commons for the launch of a campaign on how pharmacists can help identify and support people with mental health issues.

Claire May, Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, said: “This is an extremely valuable campaign that will examine how pharmacists, as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, can help tackle the challenges facing the NHS in treating people with mental health issues.

“Over the last few years I have been extremely interested in how patients with mental health conditions are treated within the NHS so I have run several undergraduate projects looking at the perceptions and awareness of community pharmacists regarding their patients suffering from these conditions. Attending this event will help raise the profile of what community pharmacists can actually deliver to support these patients and ensure that mental health is recognised as a core part of the services provided.”

The campaign, being launched tomorrow (6 June) has been written by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Mrs May, who graduated from University of Brighton in 2001 and started her pharmacy career in community pharmacy, has worked as a prescribing advisor across the South East and went on to gain her own prescribing qualification in 2007.

She has worked with local Clinical Commission Groups, practicing pharmacists, Joint Programme Board and Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education on the provision of postgraduate training for pharmacists and allied health care professionals including independent prescribing.

For more on Mrs May, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/staff/claire-may.aspx