‘We are all fighting something’ — shattering the silence on hidden disabilities in pharmacy (audio)

In this podcast, we look at the problems pharmacists with a hidden disability face and what the profession can do to be a more inclusive place.

Across the UK, there are pharmacists putting on a brave face and going to work, but behind the mask they are struggling to cope.

In this podcast, opinion editor Abigail James uncovers the problem of ‘hidden disabilities’ in pharmacy, and what can be done to make the profession more supportive for those with health conditions, such as hearing or mobility issues, that may be hard to see.

James speaks with two pharmacists, Nalwenga Mutambo and Aamer Safdar, about their experiences working as a pharmacist with a hidden disability and how they came to the realisation that they needed help.

She also looks at the laws that are in place and how employers can make adjustments to ensure that pharmacy is a more welcoming profession to those who have health problems that are not always immediately obvious.

Thank you to Paul Day, director at the Pharmacists’ Defence Union, and Diane Lightfoot, chief executive of the Business Disability Forum, for speaking with us. The episode was produced by Geoff Marsh.

This podcast is part of The Pharmaceutical Journal‘s ‘Mind the Gap’ campaign to highlight the social inequalities that pharmacists face. Click here to find out more.

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Citation
The Pharmaceutical Journal, April 2021;Online:DOI:10.1211/PJ.2021.1.80012