Indemnity for GP practice based pharmacists

The PDA provide comprehensive cover for all the work of a pharmacist in a GP practice, including pharmacists working in GP practices for the first time.

Wed 13th June 2018 The PDA

Description of the Scope of Cover 

Professional Indemnity Insurance is one of the core benefits of PDA membership, it is placed with reputable underwriters and is arranged by the Pharmacy Insurance Agency (PIA) who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Indemnity cover is provided to cover work as a pharmacist operating in a Primary Care Pharmacy setting as described below.

  • Work undertaken in a GP surgery, clinic, hospice, CCG, Health Board or specialist provider location, residential/care home or at the home of the patient.
  • Working for the NHS, a public health or other government funded authority or similar, a GP practice or Federation, a CCG or Health Board or similar primary care organisation, a third-party provider or as an individual or group practice.
  • In addition to the above the pharmacist is covered to provide services as an employed or self-employed locum pharmacist in a hospital or community pharmacy setting in addition to primary care pharmacy work undertaken on an employed basis.

The principal extent of the cover provided is designed to encompass all routine primary care pharmacy activities that would be deemed suitable activities by the GPhC/PSNI and that are commensurate with the level of experience and competence of the pharmacist. As an example, typical roles may include;

  • Working autonomously or as part of a team to provide advice on medicines and to undertake administrative and tactical aspects of medicines management.
  • Working autonomously or as part of a team within existing competencies to undertake clinical aspects of medicines management which may include the operation of relevant clinics.
  • Confidently and routinely making firm clinical recommendations to other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • The clinical work engaged may be supported by a significant extension of the depth or breadth of knowledge beyond the initial IP or postgraduate clinical qualification or beyond the initial phase of shadowing/supervised practice experience.
  • Implementing policy and putting in place solutions determined by a Primary Care Organisation or other employer.
  • Dealing with medicines related issues as part of a GP out of hours’ service
  • Dealing with medicines related telephone enquiries or medicines related triage.

Certain higher risk activities are excluded from the principal cover but are available as policy extensions.

Additional PDA Membership benefits

As well as insurance cover, the highly competitive PDA membership package includes a number of additional benefits. Find out more here.


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The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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