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  • Latest data on GPhC pharmacy premises inspections

    Thu 20th June 2024 The PDA

    The primary duty of all healthcare regulators is to protect patients. In terms of pharmacy, the PDA believes this overarching duty to protect the public can only be truly effective if pharmacies and those that own or manage them are appropriately regulated. 

  • PDA calls on employers to make reasonable adjustments

    Wed 19th June 2024 The PDA

    As part of the PDA Ability Network's ‘Standing up for Sitting Down’ campaign, the PDA is calling on employers to make appropriate and ongoing reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities and health conditions, which are regularly reviewed. 

  • PDA challenges RPS on its ‘open display of P medicines’ policy review

    Tue 18th June 2024 The PDA

    Pharmacy medicines (P medicines) are the tools of a clinician but depending on the outcome of a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board meeting, they may not be for much longer. 

  • An award winning students contribution to pharmacy

    Tue 18th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA recently caught up with Olivia Donnelly, winner of the Student Leadership category in the 2024 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards to discuss the steps she took while studying at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to contribute to the world of pharmacy. PDA member, Olivia also shared her advice to first-year pharmacy students and where her pharmacy journey will take her next.  

  • PDA launches election 2024 manifesto

    Mon 17th June 2024 The PDA

    Health and social care are key features of the UK general election in 2024, with pharmacy and pharmacists being specifically mentioned in televised debates and political party manifesto pledges. The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) has launched a manifesto with key asks of the next government to improve access to safe and effective NHS care for patients and support the vital pharmacist workforce. 

  • PDA NAWP Network invites nominations for upcoming elections

    Mon 17th June 2024 The PDA

    Three positions are available: President, Vice-President, and Honorary Secretary. Details of the roles can be found below. 

  • PDA update on the NPA’s ‘Day of Action’ campaign

    Fri 14th June 2024 The PDA

    The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has launched a ‘Day of Action’ on 20 June 2024 that aims to raise awareness of the funding crisis in pharmacy during the current general election period. The PDA is updating its members on the outcome of recent discussions with the NPA.  

  • Withdrawal and Nullification for the June 2024 assessment

    Thu 13th June 2024 The PDA

    For those due to sit the June 2024 assessment, family situations or working life may mean that candidates' ability to prepare for the exam is compromised. 

  • Your rights under the Equality Act 2010

    Wed 12th June 2024 The PDA

    As part of the PDA Ability Network’s ‘Standing up for Sitting Down’ campaign, the network is asking members to ensure that they understand their rights under the Equality Act 2010 as a pharmacist, trainee pharmacist, or a pharmacy student with disabilities and assert these rights. 

  • PDA continues to assist members following changes to the Boots Pension Scheme

    Tue 11th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA Union is continuing to assist members who are unhappy with changes to the Boots Pension Scheme. These changes were introduced as a consequence of the decision to transfer responsibility for paying benefits to Legal and General under a buy-in arrangement announced last year.  

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