One2One interview: Helen Walker, CEO of Carers UK

Helen Walker, chief executive of national carers charity Carers UK, explains the extensive difficulties facing carers during the COVID pandemic and how pharmacies are helping to alleviate some of the stresses.

As the pandemic has continued, there has been much greater awareness of the collateral damage – the cancer treatments interrupted, the surgeries delayed, the strains on mental health. Standing on the frontline of these issues are the millions of unpaid carers who have seen their already difficult duties become, at times, almost overwhelming. It’s not even the 9.1 million unpaid carers at the start of the pandemic who are facing such challenges; their numbers have swelled by 4.5 million since March and now stand at 13.6 million. Whether it’s people caring full-time, or “sandwich carers” – who are trying to juggle work, family and caring duties – Carers UK Chief Executive Helen Walker says the situation is extraordinarily difficult. “In March, our report Caring Behind Closed Doors told us about this massive number of new carers,” says Helen. “But many of the existing group of unpaid carers are also doing a huge amount of extra caring. Services simply aren’t open to help them take a break and, because of social distancing restrictions, they also have limited help from family and friends, who would normally be able to take some of the burden. “Our newest report, Caring Behind Closed Doors, Six Months On, has told us that 64% of carers haven’t been able to take any breaks over the past six months, and three quarters of carers told us they were exhausted from caring around the clock.…

InPharmacy Winter 2020

Community pharmacy has managed to come this far in keeping the nation safe through the pandemic through helping each other and working together. It’s for this reason the cover feature shines a spotlight on teamwork and pharmacy’s role within the wider NHS family.

The magazine also features an interview with Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK. Helen explains the difficulties carers have faced during the COVID pandemic and how pharmacies are helping to alleviate some of the stresses as one of the few accessible services left on the high street.
Other subjects covered in the magazine include the launch of a tool to help you project your finances over a five year period, hub and spoke dispensing, the NPA’s work in parliament, independent prescribing for UTIs, tax relief and tips on preparing for offsite vaccinations.

Community pharmacy has managed to come this far in keeping the nation safe through the pandemic through helping each other and working together. It’s for this reason the cover feature shines a spotlight on teamwork and pharmacy’s role within the wider NHS family. The magazine also features an interview with Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK. Helen explains the difficulties carers have faced during the COVID pandemic and how pharmacies are helping to alleviate some of the stresses as one of the few accessible services left on the high street. Other subjects covered in the magazine include the launch of a tool to help you project your finances over a five year period, hub and spoke dispensing, the NPA’s work in parliament, independent prescribing for UTIs, tax relief and tips on preparing for offsite vaccinations.…

InPharmacy Autumn 2020

In the autumn edition we hone in on one rapidly emerging aspect of health care delivery – teleconsultations. In response to the virus, GPs quickly adopted remote ways of working, but what about community pharmacies, which pride themselves on the local, accessible, face to face care they provide? Other topics featured in this packed and varied issue include obesity, flu, the Falsified Medicines Directive, racial abuse and rural affairs.

In the autumn edition we hone in on one rapidly emerging aspect of health care delivery – teleconsultations. In response to the virus, GPs quickly adopted remote ways of working, but what about community pharmacies, which pride themselves on the local, accessible, face to face care they provide? Other topics featured in this packed and varied issue include obesity, flu, the Falsified Medicines Directive, racial abuse and rural affairs.…

InPharmacy Summer 2020

This special COVID-19 issue of InPharmacy provides a definitive guide to coronavirus for community pharmacy teams.

This special COVID-19 issue of InPharmacy provides a definitive guide to coronavirus for community pharmacy teams.…

InPharmacy Spring 2020

The spring edition of InPharmacy features the latest medication safety officer report, changes to the IR35 rule, CPCS and frequently asked questions and a feature on how pharmacists can broach tricky questions and sensitive subjects.

The spring edition of InPharmacy features the latest medication safety officer report, changes to the IR35 rule, CPCS and frequently asked questions and a feature on how pharmacists can broach tricky questions and sensitive subjects.…

InPharmacy Winter 2019

The winter edition of InPharmacy features the latest medication safety officer report, an update on the contractual
framework in England, providing consultations and a look at workforce across the UK.

The winter edition of InPharmacy features the latest medication safety officer report, updates on the contractual framework in England, providing consultations and a look at workforce across the UK          …

InPharmacy Autumn 2019

The autumn edition of InPharmacy features the topic of over-prescribing and the magazine also includes opinion and practical advice about the new pharmacy contractual framework in England.

  The autumn edition of InPharmacy features the topic of over-prescribing and the magazine also includes opinion and practical advice about the new pharmacy contractual framework in England.          …

InPharmacy Spring 2019

In this special Finance issue: learn how to manage costs, generate new income and improve cash flow. NPA members share top tips for financial success and security.

In this special Finance issue: learn how to manage costs, generate new income and improve cash flow. NPA members share top tips for financial success and security.…

InPharmacy Winter 2018

This issue: Looks at major developments coming into effect in early 2019, including the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) on 9 February, and Brexit (probably) on 29 March. Both have significant implications for pharmacy business and practice. This edition of inPharmacy covers all these matters, and much else of interest besides. 

This issue: Looks at major developments coming into effect in early 2019, including the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) on 9 February, and Brexit (probably) on 29 March. Both have significant implications for pharmacy business and practice. This edition of inPharmacy covers all these matters, and much else of interest besides.…

inpharmacy Autumn 2018

This issue: Looks at Opiod addiction, plus a government review into Opiod prescriptions to assess the scale of the issue.

This issue: Looks at Opiod addiction, plus a government review into Opiod prescriptions to assess the scale of the issue.…