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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 Ability Network releases initial findings from the disability discrimination survey

    Wed 17th April 2024 The PDA

    In February 2024, the PDA Ability Network launched its disability discrimination survey to establish the extent of discrimination faced in the workplace by pharmacists who are disabled or live with a long-term health condition. Initial findings show that there is a lot of work to be done to make workplaces more inclusive.  

  • Look after yourself and your health – lessons from my battle with cancer

    Thu 29th February 2024 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, PDA Regional Committee member, Haris Nemani encourages everyone to prioritise their health. Haris also shares his personal experience of being diagnosed with cancer and the valuable lessons he learned during his journey. 

  • PDA Ability Network launches disability discrimination survey

    Tue 6th February 2024 The PDA

    The PDA Ability Network is calling on members to complete an online survey on disability discrimination. The results will establish the level and extent of discrimination faced in the workplace by pharmacists who are disabled or live with a long-term health condition. 

  • PDA Ability Network seconds an emergency motion at the STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference

    Mon 18th December 2023 The PDA

    Earlier this month, members of the PDA Ability Network attended the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers' Conference where they seconded an emergency motion on ADHD medication shortages on behalf of the PDA. 

  • Intersection Update – December 2023

    Fri 15th December 2023 The PDA

    Intersection is the PDA's newsletter bringing together news from all four PDA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Networks. We encourage all PDA members to get involved in the networks that are of interest to them. 

  • PDA EDI Networks respond to former Secretary of State’s letter about diversity and inclusion

    Fri 15th December 2023 The PDA

    The former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay wrote to NHS organisations in England asking them to cease hiring dedicated equality and diversity staff. 

  • PDA Equalities Council celebrates the year’s successes

    Fri 15th December 2023 The PDA

    The Equalities Council is part of the PDA’s democratic structure and includes representatives of the PDA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Networks. The aim is for members to learn from each other and to work together around intersectional issues. 

  • PDA Ability Network Newsletter – December 2023

    Tue 5th December 2023 The PDA

    Welcome to the PDA Ability Network Newsletter. In this issue read about how we are celebrating Disability History Month and how you can get involved in research into the Electronic Prescription Service. Also, learn about where you can get support if you are struggling with your mental health this winter.  

  • PDA challenges employers to employ neurodiverse and disabled pharmacists

    Tue 5th December 2023 The PDA

    On Monday 16 October Mark Pitt, PDA Director of Legal Services spoke at The Pharmacy Show about workplace inclusion and the importance of pharmacy employers supporting neurodiverse and disabled employees. 

  • Celebrating Disability History Month 2023

    Tue 21st November 2023 The PDA

    Disability History Month is running from 16 November to 16 December 2023 and is an annual event focusing on the history of disability and the struggle for equality and human rights.  

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