The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association)

The PDA is a not-for-profit organisation which supports the needs of individual pharmacists and pharmacy students and, when necessary, defends their reputation.

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  • Latest News

    • Well Pharmacy: Hepatitis B immunisation

      Thu 20th September 2018 PDA Union

      It has been brought to the PDA’s attention that some employees of Well Pharmacy may have been asked to start providing flu vaccinations despite not having been immunised to protect against Hepatitis B. We understand there is currently a national shortage of Hepatitis B Vaccine in the UK. 

    • PDA report suggests action on grandparenting and educational standards of pharmacy technicians is required

      Thu 20th September 2018 The PDA

      The PDA have released the third chapter of their pharmacy technicians report which shows that although 73% of pharmacy technicians on the 2017 GPhC register were admitted through grandparenting arrangements, the GPhC does not hold records of what assessments were conducted by the RPSGB as to the suitability of the qualifications of individual pharmacy technicians during the grandparenting process. 

    • PDA respond to DHSC’s dispensing errors and organisational governance consultation

      Wed 19th September 2018 The PDA

      The DHSC consulted from 19 June 2018 until 11 September 2018 on changes to the way registered pharmacies operate. 

    • PDA Union & Boots Update: ACAS talks end without agreement

      Tue 18th September 2018 PDA Union

      Two sets of talks facilitated by the government’s conciliation service, ACAS between high-street chemist Boots and the independent pharmacists’ trade union PDA Union have ended without agreement. Following a ballot of 7,000 pharmacists in June, in which 87% of voters favoured changes to the trade union arrangements for pharmacists at Boots, the PDA Union are now following a legal process to become the recognised independent voice of pharmacists at the company. 

    • Hospital pharmacists: understand your legal rights when working on call

      Fri 14th September 2018 The PDA

      Due to a number of recent member queries from hospital pharmacists regarding on call working, the PDA’s dedicated legal team have produced a guidance document that covers common concerns hospital pharmacists have. The advice has also been reviewed by practising hospital pharmacists at the PDA. 

  • Upcoming events

    We are involved in a number of key events throughout the year.

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    The PDA is keen to support our members to engage with the new revalidation requirements successfully...

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    The PDA provide comprehensive cover for all the work of a pharmacist in a GP practice.

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  • The Role of Pharmacy Technicians

    The PDA have written an in-depth report that assesses the current role and capabilities of pharmacy technicians in the UK. The 300-page document, which has taken 3 years to compile, highlights proposals to develop the roles of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and the skill mix required to meet patients' needs.
  • Wider than Medicines

    Wider than Medicines is the PDA's long-term strategy for the pharmacy sector. It was launched at The Clinical Pharmacy Congress last month and outlines the steps needed to create an intelligent system that focuses on joined-up patient care.
  • Safer Pharmacies Charter

    PDA members have produced a charter of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients, through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practice.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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