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Impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the personal and professional development of pharmacy volunteers
  1. Hayley File1,
  2. David Mottram2,
  3. Mark Stuart3,
  4. Trudy Thomas4
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy, Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
  2. 2School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3BMJ Learning and Quality, British Medical Journal, London, UK
  4. 4Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Kent and Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Mottram, School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK; dr.mottram{at}btinternet.com

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.

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