PDA National Conference 2020

Join us at our PDA National Conference 'Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities' and hear from some of the most influential people in pharmacy from the UK and overseas.

Sat 28th - Sun 29th March 2020

PDA members work across the UK and across the pharmacy sector, so our National Conference has multiple streams to ensure that everyone can get the most out of their attendance. We have a GP Practice Based / Primary Care stream (supported by MORPh Training), a Locum stream (supported by the Pharmacist Cooperative), a Pre-reg stream (supported by BPSA and ProPharmace) and a Student stream.

All Streams have the option to attend the National Association of Women Pharmacists session and the Networking Reception & Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Book the stream of your choice now, and we look forward to seeing you in Birmingham.

Day One


Registration, Coffee & Exhibition

10:15am – 12:20pm

Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities
Part One

The morning session on day one of the main PDA National Conference will feature a number of key topics affecting pharmacists today. Catch up on the work of the PDA and some key lessons learned from PDA’s casework. Find out how the profession in Norway almost went on strike and learn about the experiences of PDA reps across the UK.

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9:00am – 12:20pm

Risk management toolkit for GP Practice / primary care pharmacists

This morning session, supported by Morph will help GP Practice / primary care clinical pharmacists develop their practice skills.
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12:20pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Exhibition

1pm – 4:50pm

Student leadership Workshop

This session will be a mixture of theory and practice which will allow students to build on their own experience of leadership, either as practitioners or aspiring leaders.

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1pm – 4:50pm

Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities
Part Two

In the afternoon we will look at community pharmacy frameworks across the UK and visionary leadership in pharmacy. We will then focus on transforming the work of pharmacists. In these sessions we will learn from critical incidents and look at how key initiatives can be developed and supported.

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End Of Day 1, Main Conference

5pm – 6:15pm

Meeting of the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP)

The National Association of Women Pharmacists was founded in 1905 and relaunched in January 2020 as a network within the PDA. Although the pharmacy profession is now two thirds women, inequality remains and in this session delegates will hear from a leading national expert on inequality at work, explore what it means for pharmacists and consider what they can do about it.

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Networking Reception & Annual Dinner

Day Two


Registration, Coffee & Exhibition

10:00am – 12:45pm

Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities
Part Three

In this morning session we will round up the developments of day one as well as covering delivering diversity and inclusion, the pharmacy apprenticeship proposal and tools to reduce stress for pharmacists, pre-regs and pharmacy students.

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10:45am – 12:45pm

Locum Seminar

This half day seminar aimed specifically at Locums will provide informative sessions from experts on issues which matter.

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12:45pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 3:40pm

Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities
Part Four

In the afternoon we look at the hurdles that we still need to overcome and explore the tactical proposals being made by the PDA to ensure that we develop practice in a way that provides benefits to patients, the taxpayer, the NHS, and ultimately to professionally fulfilling careers for pharmacists. In this time, we will cover Supervision, hear from the Chief Exec and Registrar of the GPhC and take your questions to some of the leaders of the profession.

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End Of Day 2, Main Conference

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