EDI webinar 3 – Disabilities: Video recording, agenda & speaker presentations

Pharmacy Forum NI’s third and final webinar on Diversity & Inclusion in NI Pharmacy – Creating the right Culture took place 23 November on the theme: Dealing with disabilities (inc. mental & physical health) in pharmacy: Are we doing enough?.

EDI webinar 2 – Gender: Video recording, agenda & speaker presentations

Pharmacy Forum NI’s second webinar on Diversity & Inclusion in NI Pharmacy – Creating the right Culture took place 27 July on the theme: Gender & Equality of Opportunity.

EDI webinar 1 - Race: Video recording, agenda & speaker presentations

Pharmacy Forum NI’s first webinar on Diversity & Inclusion in NI Pharmacy – Creating the right Culture took place 23 March on the theme: The case for inclusion and handling race. Almost 70 participants joined, with 98% indicating in the event poll that they found it of excellent or very good value.

Mental Fitness for Pharmacy

Mental Fitness for Pharmacy, is a free, six-part video e-course offered by Harpreet Chana, which aims to support pharmacy professionals succeed in work and life.

Harpreet Chana has been a qualified pharmacist for over 15 years and has worked in the NHS, retail pharmacy, primary care and national policy. She is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and the Founder/Managing Director of The Mental Wealth Academy. Harpreet uses her own experience of overcoming ill mental health in a senior national role to now help strengthen the mental health of the working population through building self-leadership and self-regulation skills.

Pride in Pharmacy

The LGBT Foundation has produced a new resource publication entitled Pride in Pharmacy, which is designed to provide bite-sized training and guidance to busy pharmacists in handling LGBTQ+ patients.

Evidence cited by Dr Michael Brady, National Advisor for LGBT Health NHS England that LGBT patients have disproportionately worse health outcomes and experiences of healthcare.

The publication has been produced with feedback from the GPhC, the RPS, and the PDA LGBT+ Network. While the publication is supplemented by training that is provided to pharmacists within the Greater Manchester area only, its content is widely applicable.

Employing People with Disabilities: A Positive Action Guide for Employers

Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense – enhancing diversity and building a company’s capacity and profitability.

By opening opportunities to people with disabilities you can widen your recruitment pool and meet your specific business needs.

This five step recruitment guide has been designed to help employers to match the right people with the right jobs, achieving positive outcomes for everyone.

COVID-19 vaccination - protection for health and social care workers and translations

The Public Health Agency have made available a leaflet in multiple languages, which describes the COVID-19 vaccination for health and social care workers, including HSC Trust employees, care home staff and domiciliary and primary care staff.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Pharmacies, as employers and service providers, have duties and obligations under equality laws. To be an equal opportunities employer you must not discriminate unlawfully against or harass anyone on the grounds of sex, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, married or civil partnership, political opinion, religious or similar philosophical belief, race, sexual orientation, disability and age.

The Equality Commission NI provides a range of information, practical advice, guidance, blogs, podcasts and training webinars on how you can manage the equality implications of employing and managing staff and providing services to the public.

Every Customer Counts – Equality Commission NI Jan-Mar 2022 webinars on promoting accessible services

The Equality Commission is running a series of webinars for private sector traders in Northern Ireland to help them to make their services more accessible for disabled customers. The webinars are part of the Commission’s ‘Every Customer Counts’ initiative which encourages businesses to consider how open their services currently are to disabled people.

The four webinars will run from 27 January until 10 March 2022. Service providers are encouraged to attend all four as they will provide a useful journey, from awareness of the common issues affecting disabled customers, right through to practical action that will help businesses to boost their customer base.

Diversity Mark NI

The Diversity Mark accreditation is awarded to companies following an assessment process which ensures they have reached the required standard of commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion. Companies participating are provided a framework which enables them to reflect on any institutional barriers to unrepresented genders and groups, and then take action. The Diversity Mark accreditation is aimed at all small, mid and large companies and organisations across all sectors, with operations in Northern Ireland.

Pharmacy Forum NI endorses the Diversity Mark NI.

Pharmacists’ Defence Association Allyship

The PDA Allyship is about working towards creating diverse and inclusive communities and by standing up for the rights of those who are marginalised. Although you may not be part of the BAME community, you can support this group and make the effort to understand their struggle and use your voice alongside theirs.

UK Black Pharmacist Association

The UK Black Pharmacist Association (UKBPA) mission is to promote and support the interests of UK pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy students (including students on the Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme) who identify as black.

Lola Dabiri, Scotland and Northern Ireland lead for the UKPBA, is a member of the Pharmacy Forum NI Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group.

PSNI Equality Data

Feedback provided by the PSNI Equality Monitoring Form 2020 – 21 shows that almost 75% of registered pharmacists in Northern Ireland are female.

Census 2021

The census collects information every 10 years about people and households in Northern Ireland. The last census was on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists Meeting Inclusivity Checklist

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive and have produced an Inclusivity Checklist to support existing Pharmacy Teams, groups and meetings.