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Member Voice

In this section, PDA members share their thoughts and experiences of the issues that matter.

  • Improving care and reducing variation of cardiovascular disease

    Tue 28th June 2022 The PDA

    Primary care pharmacist in Glasgow and member of the PDA Union Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Committee, Iain Speirits has a split role working as a general practice pharmacist and in cardiology, supporting heart failure and post-MI patients. Here, Iain describes his role and the steps he takes to improve care and reduce variation in an area with the highest cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rate in the United Kingdom. 

  • An award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to better the profession

    Tue 24th May 2022 The PDA

    In order to highlight the exceptional work of those dedicated to the profession, we caught up with PDA member David Dinneen, who recently won the 2022 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Student Leadership Award. David talks about how he became interested in pharmacy and shares advice for first-year pharmacy students. 

  • The high pressure and stress of working as a community pharmacist

    Tue 19th April 2022 The PDA

    April marks Stress Awareness Month, and the PDA and its members are highlighting the numerous workplace issues which cause stress and damage to mental health.  

  • Stress in the workplace

    Tue 12th April 2022 The PDA

    To mark Stress Awareness Month, this April, the PDA and its members are highlighting the numerous workplace issues which cause stress and damage to mental health. Concerns such as not being able to take rest breaks, poor communication, and lack of staff resources are regularly being highlighted by PDA members and PDA Reps at meetings and in calls to the PDA Service Centre.  

  • An award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to the profession

    Sat 9th April 2022 The PDA

    In order to shine a light on a pharmacy student who has gone above and beyond in his commitment to his studies and the profession, we find out more about PDA member, Jack Murphy and why he was awarded the 2021 Scottish Pharmacy Student Leadership Award.  

  • Transitioning from community pharmacy to primary care

    Thu 31st March 2022 The PDA

    In our latest Member Voice article, Clinical Pharmacist and PDA South East Regional Committee Member, Abimbola Musa, shares the challenges she faced and how she has overcome them since moving from community pharmacy to primary care.  

  • Let’s start a new period!

    Thu 17th February 2022 The PDA

    In our latest Member Voice article, NAWP Network Committee Member and Community/GP Pharmacist, Ayah Abbass, shares her experience of being on her menstrual cycle at work, and what can be done to help female healthcare professionals feel supported and empowered.  

  • The transition from community to PCN clinical pharmacy

    Mon 7th February 2022 The PDA

    PDA member, Osama Madlom is making the change from community to PCN clinical pharmacy and is taking the time to reflect on his 22 years as a community pharmacist. Osama also shares what PDA membership has done for him.  

  • Life isn’t a race and failure will only make you stronger

    Wed 26th January 2022 The PDA

    Ayah Abbass, PDA NAWP Network Committee Member and Community/GP Pharmacist has taken the opportunity to speak about her experience of failing the GPhC pre-reg assessment and its affect on her wellbeing.  

  • My transition journey

    Mon 13th December 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, read about locum community pharmacist and PDA LGBT+ Network member Jenny's transition journey. Jenny also discusses the support available for other transgender pharmacists. 

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