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  • BPSA award Supporter of the Year 2019 to PDA Official

    Thu 6th June 2019 The PDA

    PDA have a long-standing relationship with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) as part of our work to support pharmacy students. As a result of that partnership, Trish Patel, the PDA’s Academic Liaison Officer, was proud to receive the ‘Supporter of the Year 2019’ award at the BPSA’s 77th Annual Conference, which took place at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham.  

  • PDA Union welcomed at GFTU conference

    Sun 2nd June 2019 The PDA

    PDA Union delegates were formally welcomed as new affiliates to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) at their biennial general council meeting (BGCM) and are now formally an established member of the federation. 

  • Win an Apple iPad worth £319!

    Sat 1st June 2019 The PDA

    Look out for the competition link in our June Insight Online mailing where you can enter our FREE prize draw for your chance to win an Apple iPad worth £319*. 

  • Apprenticeship: PDA accepts anonymous invitation

    Thu 30th May 2019 The PDA

    An employer group supported by Health Education England are trying again to develop a pharmacist apprenticeship proposal. On this occasion the employer group is engaging at an earlier stage with key stakeholders, such as the PDA, but they continue to refuse to publish a list of their members meaning the process remains characterised by secrecy. 

  • GP Practice Pharmacists and Primary Care Networks

    Thu 30th May 2019 The PDA

    Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are being established as part of the new GP contract introduced in 2019/20. The intention is that each PCN will cover a patient population of 30-50,000 and should be in place by July 2019. An additional element of the new GP contract is the funding of additional health professional workforce to directly support PCNs. The PDA is pleased that pharmacists are an integral part of the additional workforce.  

  • Report back from Unions 21 conference

    Wed 29th May 2019 The PDA

    Paul Day, National Officer of the PDA Union was one of the speakers at the Unions 21 annual conference entitled “The future of collective voice” 

  • Media reports of Boots store closure strategy

    Tue 28th May 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA has seen media reports of a large scale branch closure programme by Boots and is reassuring members that the union will be doing all it can to protect their employment should they be affected. 

  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Medicines and Medical Devices

    Tue 28th May 2019 The PDA

    Last month the PDA attended a round table meeting to discuss concerns related to Serious Shortage Protocols. The meeting took place on Tuesday 30 April 2019 at Portcullis House, Westminster.  

  • Minister announces investment at Welsh Pharmacy Conference 2019

    Sat 25th May 2019 The PDA

    After successful events in Belfast and Birmingham earlier this year, PDA’s 2019 national conference programme reached Cardiff this week with the Welsh Pharmacy Conference 19.  

  • Pharmacist apprenticeship latest: Proposal fails first test

    Wed 22nd May 2019 The PDA

    The PDA has been advised that the anonymous proposal to develop an apprenticeship for pharmacists has not passed its first test, but that does not mean that this is the end of the matter. 

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