Insight Online – August 2018

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

Tue 21st August 2018 The PDA

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

In this issue:

Diane Leicester-Hallam joins the PDA as Director of Member Services

The PDA are pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Leicester-Hallam as Director of Member Services.

Organising trade union representation and defence association benefits, the PDA is now the largest pharmacist membership organisation in the UK. With over 27,000 members, the organisation is committed to developing more services for pharmacists to support them throughout their working life. Diane, who has been Chief Executive of the Pharmacist Support charity since 2009, will lead the development of this arm of the PDA’s operations.

In announcing the appointment, PDA Director Paul Day said: “Diane will add great value to our organisation and we are delighted that she is joining the PDA team. Diane is a well-respected and connected influencer who understands pharmacy.

Helping members in times of trouble is something we will always do. We have a hard-earned reputation for helping pharmacists that face difficulty at work and every day we are resolving situations for many of our members so that they can get on with their lives….”

Read More

Boots Employees Vote For Macmillan To Receive A £3,308 Charity Donation

After promising to give £1 to charity for each Boots pharmacist and pre-registration graduate who voted in the recent derecognition ballot, last week the PDA Union donated £3,308 to Macmillan Cancer support, which was selected by voters as their preferred charity to receive the donation.
Read More
Women in Pharmacy Survey 

We are inviting you to take part in our short Women in Pharmacy Survey so that we can better understand the issues that affect women working in the pharmacy sector. We want to understand why so few women seek senior leadership roles in many areas, including in the organisations that represent the profession. We are keen to establish if there are barriers to women pursuing these senior positions and how these barriers can be overcome.

Read more

Nominate now for the NAPC Awards 2018

Do you know an exceptional pharmacy professional or team? If so, the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is inviting you to recognise their work in the NAPC Awards 2018. The awards celebrate high standards of care, dedication, integration and innovation in primary care.

Read more

Below is a summary of some of the latest news stories that can be found on the PDA website: 

17/08/18 – Independent voice at work another step closer for pharmacists at Boots

15/08/18 – PDA respond to the GPhC’s Consultation on Developing its Approach to Regulating Registered Pharmacies

31/07/18 – PDA members are encouraged to respond to the GPhC’s consultation on regulating registered pharmacies

27/07/18 – The GPhC identified major patient safety concerns in 667 pharmacy inspections

25/07/18 – Pharmacists at Boots take next step in recognition campaign after talks with company end without agreement

Read More
Below is a list of our upcoming events and appearances. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.   
Labour Party Fringe Event: ‘Wider than medicine:
where next for the NHS?’  
Date: 24 September
Venue: Martin Luther King Building, Albert Docks, Liverpool
Price: FreeThe PDA are sponsoring a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool as part of our engagement with politicians and others about the future of pharmacy. In association with Progress, the lunchtime panel event titled ‘Wider than medicine: where next for the NHS?’, is free to attend and open to all, though booking your space is highly advised.

Come along and hear from PDA Chairman, Mark Koziol, and the rest of the panel as they debate what happens next in the NHS.

Register Now

Aiming High – a two-day conference for pre-reg trainees

Date: 6 – 7 October
Venue: Birmingham, near a train station. Venue TBC next month
Price: £10 per day

We know that your pre-registration year is very important. So, following on from the success of last year’s conference, we have once again created a two-day pre-reg conference ‘Aiming High’, hosted by the BPSA and sponsored by the PDA. This popular conference, produced with training provider ProPharmace, aims to help get your pre-reg year off to a great start!

Register Now
Visit us at the Pharmacy Show 2018

Date: 7 – 8 October
Venue: NEC, Birmingham
Price: £10 per day

We are excited to be exhibiting on Stand PC56 at the Pharmacy Show this year. We are proudly sponsoring the GP Pharmacy Theatre and chairing the Women in Pharmacy session which takes place in the Keynote Theatre on Sunday 7th October between 4.40 and 5.25pm.The GP Pharmacy Theatre will support clinical pharmacists in their new practice-based roles and offer advice to those keen to integrate community pharmacy with general practice. We will be running 6 sessions in the theatre over the course of the 2-day show.

View our GP Pharmacy Theatre speaker line-up here
View the Women in Pharmacy panel line-up here


Register Now
Mark Pitt, PDA Director of Defence Services talks about the event…


The Pharmacist Cooperative Network Event

Date: 31 August
Venue: The Landing, Salford Quay, Blue Tower, MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester
Price: Free

What can you expect from this event:

  • Mark Pitt, Director of Defence Services here at the PDA, will be discussing legal and professional challenges.
  • Gregory Lawton will discuss the difference between the person and systems approaches to patient safety, how to identify which one is being used in the workplace, the benefits of the systems approach to patients and pharmacists (for example in its effects on the working environment) and how we can develop the systems approach within the profession in the future.
  • Talks on accounting for locums, discussing merits of – Ltd vs sole trader and other accounting issues you may face as a locum pharmacist.
  • Learn more

Light refreshments, sandwiches, tea and coffee will be provided.

Register Now
Great motoring offers with PDA Plus 
If you are a PDA member, through PDA Plus you are entitled to a range of benefits and discounts, including offers to help you save on the cost of running a car. Take a look at what’s available to you and start making the most of these member benefits today.
Save 10% on personal or vehicle breakdown cover

Take advantage of this breakdown cover benefit from and make sure you have one less thing to worry about on your next road trip!*

Learn more

Free multi-car immediate-family accident cover 

Enjoy 24/7 accident recovery and manufacturer approved vehicle repair with Total Motor Assist. It can help protect your no claims*

Learn more

Exclusive new car savings available 

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Affinity Scheme provides PDA Members access to exclusive savings on their range of new vehicles*

Learn more

FREE 3 month digital gourmet society membership

Enjoy 25% off your total bill including drinks, 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food at over 6,500 restaurants. Book by 31st August to enjoy your free 3 month digital membership.

Claim now

*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. PDA Plus is managed and run on behalf of PDA by Parliament Hill Ltd. PDA are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s website at Neither PDA nor Parliament Hill are part of the same group as the providers. 
Learn More
Free training from MORPh
Management of Diabetes in Primary Care
Glasgow, 27 September 2018 ​
Expert speakers will discuss What’s new in diabetes, Blood glucose monitoring, Primary Care MDT’s and Management of Prediabetes. There will be case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn moreInterpretation of Laboratory Tests
Exeter, 4 October 2018

Four expert speakers will cover Biochemistry, Haematology, there will also be a sessions on Monitoring Patients with Renal Disease and Revalidation. Learn more

Management of Women’s and Men’s Health in Primary Care
Guildford, 9 October 2018

Four expert speakers in their fields will look at the management in primary care of ED, Prostate disorders, Contraception and HRT. Learn more

Management of Angina, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Hyperlipidaemia in Primary Care, Cardiff, 25 October 2018

Expert speakers will cover Angina, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Hyperlipidaemia. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

Management of Women’s and Men’s Health in Primary Care
Exeter, 8th November 2018

Expert speakers will cover ED, Prostate disorders, Contraception and HRT. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.

View all MORPh events

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.

Cookie Use

This website uses cookies to help us provide the best user experience. If you continue browsing you are giving your consent to our use of cookies.