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

    • Boots Pharmacists: Be part of your union

      Mon 19th November 2018 PDA Union

      Pharmacists employed at Boots are being encouraged to join thousands of their colleagues and be part of the PDA Union; the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for individual pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy undergraduates.  

    • Petition to Reject Remote Pharmacist Proposals and Keep Pharmacists Present for Patients reaches 5,000 signatures

      Fri 16th November 2018 The PDA

      A public petition against government proposals which could see pharmacies operating without the presence of a Responsible Pharmacist has received 5,000 signatures. The PDA urge you to help double the current figure, if the petition reaches 10,000 signatures it will receive a response from the government.  

    • 2018 Scottish Pharmacy Award Winners Announced

      Thu 15th November 2018 The PDA

      The Scottish Pharmacy Awards took place at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel last week. The annual celebration has a positive impact on the pharmacy sector by recognising exceptional pharmacists and showcasing their accomplishments.  

    • Date set for historic second ballot at Boots

      Wed 7th November 2018 PDA Union

      The PDA Union have negotiated the arrangements for a ballot of pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists which can finally secure them an independent voice at work. The ballot period will run for five weeks from Monday 4 February 2019 

    • PSNI consultation on indicative sanctions guidance

      Wed 7th November 2018 The PDA

      The PDA responded to the PSNI (Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland)’s consultation on new Indicative Sanctions Guidance for its Statutory Committee. The Statutory Committee considers and adjudicates on serious Fitness to Practise allegations made against pharmacists in Northern Ireland. 

  • 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 in April 2018 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.
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  • Latest Publications

    • Sign up to the PDA newsletter

      Wed 21st November 2018 The PDA

      Our regular newsletter Insight Online will keep you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work 

    • Insight Online – October 2018

      Mon 22nd October 2018 The PDA

      Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online. This regular mailing will keep you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work. 

    • Insight Online – September 2018

      Sat 22nd September 2018 The PDA

      Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online. This regular mailing will keep you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work. 

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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