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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 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.  

  • PDA launches EDI Network flyers to celebrate inclusion and create inclusive workplaces

    Wed 27th September 2023 The PDA

    The PDA is celebrating National Inclusion Week by launching new flyers for each of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Networks. The pharmacy networks work to promote more inclusive working environments. 

  • PDA Ability Network invites nominations for upcoming elections

    Tue 26th September 2023 The PDA

    The PDA Ability Network has grown substantially over the last couple of years and is now running an election for three officers to lead the network.  

  • PDA Ability Network welcomes introduction of learning disability and autism training for health and social care staff

    Fri 8th September 2023 The PDA

    The UK government is consulting on a draft code and asking if it will provide Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered providers with the guidance needed to meet the legislative requirement to ensure all staff receive learning disability and autism training appropriate to their role. 

  • Being a pharmacist with schizophrenia

    Mon 14th August 2023 The PDA

    An anonymous rotational pharmacist and PDA Ability Network member has shared their experience of working as a pharmacist with schizophrenia. In this article, they discuss the stigma attached to schizophrenia along with the challenges they have faced. 

  • Disability equality

    Thu 8th June 2023 The PDA

    The PDA encourages all employers to treat all people fairly, regardless of any disability. This will not only support the well-being of disabled employees, but it will also ensure there is a fairer and more equal workplace for all. 

  • Intersection Update – May 2023

    Wed 24th May 2023 The PDA

    Intersection is the PDA's newsletter bringing together news from all four PDA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Networks. 

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023

    Thu 18th May 2023 The PDA

    Today (18 May) marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which aims to shine a light on the importance of digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people living with disabilities/impairments worldwide.  

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