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

The Programme

Day 1

Sat 28th March 2020

10:15am Welcome and introduction John Murphy, General Secretary, PDA Union
10:25am State of the Nation
A round-up of the work of the PDA
Mark Koziol, Chairman, PDA
11:05am Some shocking defence cases
Lessons learned from PDA’s casework
Mark Pitt, Director of Defence Services, PDA
11:35am How I became a workplace PDA Union representative
The experiences of PDA union reps
Nicola Rees and Jayesh Ladva, PDAU representatives at Boots
12:00pm A Pharmacy Strike in Norway
Find out how pharmacists planned their strike in Norway
Greta Torbergsen, CEO Norwegian Pharmacy Union
12:20pm Break for lunch
1:00pm Community Pharmacy Contractual Frameworks across the UK
Contrasting the approach being taken and the implications for pharmacists across the 4 countries of the UK.
Questions to the panel
Scotland - Noel Wickes, Northern Ireland - Sheelin Mc Keagney, Wales - Penny Knowles, England - TBA
1:55pm Visionary Leadership in Pharmacy Andrew Evans, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales

Transforming the work of Pharmacists

2:40pm What happens when things go wrong – Learning from critical incidents
How to avoid the problems experienced by some early adopters. This session is based on PDA defence cases
3:10pm Coffee break
3:30pm Why Healthcare professionals should organise themselves through a Trade Union Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC
3:50pm How Population Health Management can be delivered in Community Pharmacy Alima Batchelor, Head of Policy, PDA
4:10pm How Primary Care Network (PCN) Pharmacists can work collaboratively with community pharmacists for the benefit of patients TBA
4:30pm How such initiatives can be developed and supported TBA
4:50pm End of day one
5:00pm Meeting of the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP)

Inequality at work:  What it means  for pharmacists and what you can do about it”
Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA, Executive Director at The Equality Trust
6:15pm End of NAWP meeting
7:30pm Networking Dinner


Day 2

Sun 29th March 2020

9:30am Registration and exhibitor time
10:00am Welcome and introduction
A roundup of developments from day one
Mark Koziol, Chairman, PDA
10:15am Delivering diversity and inclusion
Pharmacists organising through the new PDA membership networks
Paul Day, Director, PDA
10:40am Revealed! The tools to reduce stress for pharmacists and pharmacy students
A practical resource produced in partnership with Pharmacist Support
Dealing with the pressures on Pharmacy undergraduates

Training to become more aware of work-place stress
Paul Day, Director, PDA
Danielle Hunt, CEO, Pharmacist Support
Regan McCahill, President, BPSA


Harpreet Chana, Mental Wealth Academy
11:30am The Pharmacist Apprenticeship proposal
The PDA’s concerns about the proposal of some pharmacy employers to create a pharmacist apprenticeship
Greg Lawton, Consultant

Tony Stafford, Policy Director, Association of Optometrists
12:30pm Break for lunch
1:30pm Shaping the future of Supervision in Community Pharmacy
We need to modernise the rules on Supervision to make pharmacists more accessible in the community pharmacy setting
2:00pm Guest speaker session Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive and Registrar, GPhC 
2:30pm Pharmacy Question Time Your questions answered Andrew Evans, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Wales

Mark Koziol, Chairman, PDA

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive and Registrar, GPhC

Sheelin Mc Keagney, Chair of the Pharmacy Forum, Northern Ireland

Regan McCahill, President, BPSA
3:30pm Concluding remarks
3:40pm Conference ends with Coffee and Networking


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