NHS England and Improvement has asked community pharmacy contractors to complete COVID-19 risk assessments for black and Asian ethnic minority (BAME) employees and other at-risk groups in the next few weeks.
In C+D’s latest podcast, clinical editor Naimah Callachand spoke to C+D clinical advisory board member, Dr Mahendra Patel – a pharmacist and academic.
Dr Patel describes how employers “need to be doing everything they can in terms of risk assessments. There should also be "an awareness of cultural sensitivities when discussing risk assessments with staff,” he adds. He highlights the importance of promoting cultural awareness and openness within the pharmacy.
Also discussed was the role of pharmacy in protecting BAME communities. Dr Patel says community engagement through service provision may be a way for “pharmacy to lead the way to address issues around health inequalities within the deprived communities.”
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Please note, the sound quality of this podcast may be affected as it has been recorded remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak
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