Insight Online – April 2019

Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online - the regular mailing that keeps you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work.

Thu 18th April 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

PDA to convene meeting on
apprenticeship proposal

The PDA and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education have agreed to hold a meeting to which other key pharmacy organisations will be invited to discuss the pharmacist apprenticeship proposal.

After the PDA highlighted a consultation on a pharmacist apprenticeship proposal last week, more than 6,000 pharmacists responded to the organisation’s call to action and this topic has been debated widely across the profession.


PDA work positively with the GPhC to improve patient safety

Last year, the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council) issued a public consultation on proposals to make sure patients and the public obtain medicines and other pharmacy services safely online. The consultation ran from 26 June to 21 August 2018 (read more).

The GPhC has now issued new guidance for pharmacy owners providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet. The PDA was broadly supportive of the principles within the guidance and we are pleased to see that the GPhC has adopted some of our recommendations.


Government respond to anti-remote supervision petition to Keep Pharmacists Present for Patients

Last month the Government responded to the public petition against proposals which could see pharmacies operating without the presence of a Responsible Pharmacist, after the petition received over 10,000 signatures (compared to just 632 responses to the government’s consultation on the matter).

The PDA have supported this campaign from the very beginning and have long campaigned against pharmacies being run without a Responsible Pharmacist. Thank you to Mariam Ahmed who lodged the petition, and to all those who have supported it.

PDA Union release latest issue of Boots News

The PDA Union have published the latest issue of Boots News, updating pharmacists on the negotiations happening with management.

Read more

Paralegal vacancy We are recruiting for a Paralegal to provide advice and represent PDA members on employment law. The successful candidate will also be required to assist with regulatory issues. If you know anyone that is suitable for this role, please share this ad with them. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 April 2019.

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PDA respond to the consultation on initial education and training standards for pharmacists

The GPhC consulted from 9 January 2019 to 3 April 2019 on changes to the initial education and training standards for pharmacists. The PDA have expressed concerns about the GPhC proposals in its consultation response.

Read more

Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that have been published on the PDA website this month: 
17/04/19 – PDA facilitated large-scale response to unexpected pharmacist apprenticeship proposal, now we need to have questions answered

15/04/19 – PDA respond to the BEIS consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

12/04/19 – PDA asks pharmacists to reject surprise pharmacist apprenticeship proposals

03/04/19  Wallgreens Boots Alliance have “most difficult quarter” of trading

03/04/19 – Everyone who works should be in a trade union and there is a trade union suitable for each of us


Help shape Pharmacist Support – the profession’s independent charity

The team at Pharmacist Support (PS) are about to conduct some market research that will inform the development of the charity’s new strategy. Early next month, PS will be launching a survey to help establish awareness of the organisation, its strengths and weaknesses, areas of potential need/gaps in support and any barriers to accessing their services or supporting the cause.

They are keen to secure a good level of input from across the profession and urge you all to share your thoughts. The survey should only take 10 mins of your time.

To get involved, visit (where details of the research will be announced shortly), check their social media pages, sign up to the charity’s e-news or email:

MORPh Training Events: May 2019

Next month, MORPh are running training events in Surrey and Edinburgh. These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.


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