Member Voice

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

  • Member Voice: The myth of pharmacist shortages

    Sat 31st July 2021 The PDA

    In our latest PDA member voice article, Founder of the Pharmacist Cooperative, Tohidul Islam, shares his views on the 'Myth' of pharmacist shortages and explains why the profession needs a unifying organisation that is willing to speak up even to the most deep-pocketed companies without flinching. 

  • Happy International Non-Binary People’s Day!

    Wed 14th July 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, Vice-President of the LGBT+ Network and clinical pharmacist, Lauren Keatley-Hayes (she/they), discusses the history of non-binary people and the importance of respecting people’s pronouns in the workplace.  

  • Working as a newly qualified community pharmacist in the pandemic

    Fri 9th July 2021 The PDA

    In our latest Member Voice Article, newly qualified pharmacist Samuel Opoku, shares his experience of resitting his trainee pharmacist (called pre-reg until end of summer 2021) year to becoming a Community Pharmacist during the pandemic. Samuel also gives advice to the next cohort who are getting ready for the assessment. 

  • Working as a pharmacist with OCD

    Wed 16th June 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, to mark Men's Health Week (MHW), a male PDA Ability Network member shares his experience of working as a pharmacist with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and highlights what adjustments employers can put in place to support employees with this mental health condition.  

  • Pharmacists during the pandemic and life as a PDA rep

    Fri 28th May 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, community pharmacist Hala Jawad shares how proud she is of the amazing service pharmacists have provided to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hala also gives advice to pharmacy students and pre-regs and shares how being a woman from a minority group led her to become a PDA rep. 

  • What I have learnt from working across a wide variety of pharmacy sectors

    Thu 6th May 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, Pearl J D’souza, a pharmacist that has worked across a wide variety of sectors, shares why she became a pharmacist and why it is important to protect ourselves and our colleagues so that we are available to provide the best possible care for patients. Pearl also talks about discrimination and equality and offers advice to pharmacy students and pre-regs.  

  • Supporting colleagues taking part in Ramadan

    Wed 28th April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, community pharmacist and PDA rep, Hala Jawad shares how colleagues can be supportive and understanding to those taking part in Ramadan which is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. This year, Ramadan started approximately on 12 April and will run until 11 May 2021*.  

  • How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pharmacy students – part 6

    Wed 21st April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, Jay Patel recalls how last year, while in his third year at university, he worked at an independent pharmacy to support staff and patients during the pandemic. Jay goes on to voice his concerns for fellow students and shares his views on the importance of community pharmacy. 

  • Adjusting to blended learning: A day in the life of a first year MPharm student

    Wed 21st April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, first-year MPharm student Caroline Matthew shares her 'day in the life' experience of adjusting to life as a pharmacy student during a global pandemic.  

  • Why is the true value of pharmacy not recognised?

    Mon 19th April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, locum pharmacist Phil Lawes questions why the true value of pharmacy is often not recognised. Phil also discusses how community pharmacy has adapted during the pandemic and outlines how the day job of a pharmacist has developed over time.  

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