Ability Network

This is the PDA Disabled Pharmacists' Network (Ability).

The network was launched by the PDA in April 2020 as part of their work to meet the demands of their growing membership and advance their work on equality.


  • PDA celebrates reaching over 1,500 members across four equality networks in the first year

    Mon 4th January 2021 The PDA

    The PDA is celebrating reaching more than 1,500 memberships across the organisation’s four equality networks within the first year of their activity, demonstrating the importance to pharmacists of equality at work. 

  • Ability Newsletter – November 2020

    Wed 18th November 2020 The PDA

    Welcome to the latest Ability Network newsletter - the quarterly mailing that keeps you up-to-date on news, events and issues that relate to disabled pharmacists. 

  • PDA member survey shows prescription charges in England regularly prevent patients from receiving their medicines

    Fri 23rd October 2020 The PDA

    The results of a survey of PDA members reveals widespread occurrences of patients being unable to afford to pay for the medicines they need. The PDA is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, a group of organisations calling on the UK Government to scrap prescription charges in England for people with long-term conditions.  

  • A PDA member shares their story: Living and working with autism

    Thu 20th August 2020 The PDA

    Living with an invisible disability makes it difficult for people to understand the daily struggle people living and working with autism face. Currently 1.1% of the UK population is on the autism spectrum which means that 650,000 people are also living with this invisible disability, and of that 650,000, only 16% of autistic adults are in full-term employment. As a member of this 16%, working full time with autism is hard. 

  • Ability Newsletter – August 2020

    Mon 17th August 2020 The PDA

    Welcome to the first issue of the Ability newsletter - the quarterly mailing that keeps you up-to-date on news, events and issues that relate to disabled pharmacists.  

  • PDA welcome three new inquiries into the unequal impact of COVID-19

    Thu 11th June 2020 The PDA

    Yesterday, the Women and Equalities Committee launched three new inquiries to investigate the unequal impact of the coronavirus.  

  • Boots unfairly dismisses and discriminates against disabled pharmacy technician

    Wed 29th April 2020 The PDA

    A Boots pharmacy technician with 34 years’ service, who worked in a failing Holyhead pharmacy, was constructively dismissed after suffering discrimination from her line manager, following the premature implementation of a Performance Improvement Process (PIP). 

  • PDA launch equality networks on the 10th anniversary of the Equality Act

    Fri 10th April 2020 The PDA

    The PDA has launched three additional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Networks for their growing membership. The Ability, BAME and LGBT networks will fit alongside the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP), which became part of the PDA in January. The four networks will significantly advance the organisation’s work on equality. 

  • PDAU donates £1,750 to Birmingham Mind

    Wed 9th October 2019 The PDA

    The PDAU promised to give £1 to charity for each vote cast in the recognition ballot at Boots this year, and as a result, a total donation of £3,500 has been split between two charities.  

  • Improving Equality at Boots

    Wed 23rd January 2019 PDA Union

    A key objective of the PDA Union is to tackle inequality at work and when we say that, we mean our constitution explicitly states that we exist to “promote equality for all and to eliminate all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination…”  

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