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Impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the personal and professional development of pharmacy volunteers

file, Hayley, Mottram, David, Stuart, Mark, Thomas, Trudy (2015) Impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the personal and professional development of pharmacy volunteers. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, (22). pp. 120-122. ISSN 2047-9956. E-ISSN 2047 9964. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Objectives This study aimed to evaluate the impact and legacy of pharmacists’ professional development having worked as volunteers at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Methods Questionnaires were administered immediately following the Games and 1 year after the Games. The first explored motivation for volunteering, training and support and reflection on personal experiences at the time of the Games. The second evaluated the personal and professional impact that working as a volunteer has had in the year following the Games. Results Immediately post-Games, 19 of the 22 (86.5%) respondents reported that they were able to use their pre-Games education and training effectively, particularly relating to antidoping regulations. One year after the Games, respondents reported that the experience had been influential on core aspects of their practice. Close collaboration with pharmacy colleagues, other healthcare professionals and Olympic and Paralympic team doctors was reported as a significant benefit of working at the Games. Conclusions Comprehensive education and training is beneficial in providing a safe and efficient medicine service for athletes and provides a lasting legacy in terms of improving the standard of care for athletes or people participating in sport.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Trudy Thomas
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2015 22:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53286 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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