Insight Online – August 2020

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

Mon 17th August 2020 The PDA

In this issue:

  • Have you completed the Safer Pharmacies Survey 2020 yet?
  • Download your free ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ self-care guide
  • Can you help pass on an URGENT request to Lloyds pharmacists?
  • Read the first PDA Ability network newsletter
  • PDA appoint new Head of Education
  • How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pre-regs – part 3
  • Latest News
  • PDA Plus – saving you money on your everyday spending

Have you completed the Safer Pharmacies Survey 2020 yet?

In our fifth annual patient safety survey, we ask that you spare a few minutes to share your experience of safety in the workplace. If we can get enough responses, it could really help to change things for the better. Our previous survey results have featured in pharmacy media, national newspapers and on television, and they help us to influence and draw attention to the issues pharmacists face which affect patient safety. When you tell us how it is, we do the same when we meet with the pharmacy regulators, the government and employers.


 Download your ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ self-care guide 

We have teamed up with our charity partner, Pharmacist Support to bring you a new self-care factsheet that focuses on managing your wellbeing in the workplace.

The two-page guide highlights the importance of making time to improve your health and wellbeing, before listing seven useful tips to help support you on your wellbeing journey.

Click below to download the guide and access links to other useful resources.


Can you help pass on an URGENT request to Lloyds pharmacists?

All pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy have the opportunity to pledge their support for the profession to secure an independent voice at work through a trade union recognition agreement. Although we can contact those who are already our members directly, we need the help of our 31,000 members to help us get this message to those Lloyds pharmacists who have not yet joined the PDA.A “recognition agreement” is the mechanism that would mean that through the union’s status as an independent trade union, pharmacists will be able to exercise a collective voice at work.

Please share this information with any pharmacists or pre-registration pharmacists you know who work at LloydsPharmacy.  


Read the first PDA Ability network newsletter 

Many people do not appreciate the range of physical or mental health conditions that can be classed as a “disability”. A significantly increased understanding of the subject is needed in workplaces and across society to underpin equality for people with disabilities.

Read more

PDA appoint new Head of Education

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Kensington as our new Head of Education. Kate will lead the PDA’s strategy on professional development for members and the education programmes for student, pre-reg and newly qualified members. In addition, Kate will further develop the training and support for PDA Reps and the active committee members, helping them to build union strength and capacity.

Read more

How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pre-regs – part 3

In the latest instalment of our ‘coronavirus and its impact on pre-registration pharmacists’ series, we talk to Noel Kizere, a PDA Rep who at the point of writing this article, was a pre-reg hospital pharmacist. Noel is now a provisionally registered pharmacist who will shortly begin working at Boots.

Read more

Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that have been published on the PDA website recently:

13/08/20 – Changes to manager roles at Well Pharmacy

10/08/20 – The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on community pharmacy practice

10/08/20 – PDA provide guidance for pharmacists at Lloyds

07/08/20 – Benefits for Lloyds pharmacists from union recognition

05/08/20 – Community Pharmacy employers start to report cases of workplace exposure to Coronavirus

05/08/20 – How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pre-registration pharmacists – part 2

04/08/20 – Major reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists

04/08/20 – PDA Pandemic Series Update – 4 August 2020

03/08/20 – PDA write to GPhC with concerns about lack of H&S reporting by community pharmacy employers

03/08/20 – Latest on pharmacist union recognition at LloydsPharmacy


PDA Plus – saving you money on your everyday spending

For many years we have provided the PDA Plus benefits package as part of our membership offering, in addition to our core work of representing our valued members and the profession.

Being a PDA member gives you unlimited access to the many PDA Plus discounts on offer when and wherever you need them. Whether it’s a meal out with friends, your weekly grocery shop, gym membership or renewing your car insurance, PDA Plus has a deal that could save you money.So what are you waiting for? Log in to your PDA Plus account today and start saving money.








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