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Insight Online – August 2022

This month, read about our sessions at the Pharmacy Show 2022 and how the largest pharmacy businesses closed branches at more than 15 times the rate of other community pharmacies. Also, learn more about PDA Plus partners PG Mutual in our 'Spotlight On' segment.

Tue 23rd August 2022 The PDA

In this issue:

  • The Pharmacy Show: 16 – 17 October 2022
  • Data shows largest multiples close more than fifteen times more often than other owners
  • Pharmacy leadership organisations should play a role within a healthy leadership ecosystem if pharmacy is to flourish
  • PDA publishes innovative proposals around opportunities for post-Covid-19 pharmaceutical care
  • PDA Union members working in the NHS in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland reject the NHS pay award
  • Revision programme for those sitting the November 2022 assessment
  • Latest news
  • Enjoy a range of PDA Plus benefits!
  • Spotlight On

The Pharmacy Show: 16 – 17 October 2022

The Pharmacy Show returns this year for two days on 16 to 17 October 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is a major gathering of pharmacy professionals and provides an opportunity to network with others in the sector and learn more about the profession. We are running two sessions at the Pharmacy Show this year titled ‘LGBT+ inclusion in Pharmacy’ and ‘Medicines to Ukraine’.

Plus those attending will get:

  • Access to all eight theatres, covering a huge range of topics as well as big issue discussions around the current issues.
  • 200 expert industry speakers, a world-class conference programme, and more than 300 leading suppliers.
  • Explore a lively exhibition, meet with suppliers, and test products and innovations.
  • Arrange an overdue catch-up, relax and socialise with friends and colleagues or meet with like-minded connections from online communities.

We are able to offer members a complimentary event ticket to the Pharmacy Show. PDA members can click here to get their FREE ticket today.

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Data shows largest multiples close more than fifteen times more often than other owners

Data provided in response to Freedom of Information requests in Scotland shows that the largest pharmacy businesses closed branches for full or part days at more than 15 times the rate of other community pharmacies.

Data received from NHS Health Boards in Scotland has enabled us to identify the difference in closures rates between types of pharmacy businesses. By comparing the reported closures of those largest community pharmacy chains, the eight members of the Company Chemists Association (CCA) against other pharmacy owners, a significant difference has been highlighted.

Official figures show that during the first five months of 2022 non-CCA member pharmacies reported 114 occasions across Scotland that they had to close due to unforeseen events. We fully understand that 100% opening in accordance with the commitments given to the NHS is never likely to be achieved in practice as genuinely unforeseen circumstances may occur that cause unexpected closures, such as last-minute sickness, power cuts, extreme weather, etc.

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Pharmacy leadership organisations should play a role within a healthy leadership ecosystem if pharmacy is to flourish

PDA Chairman, Mark Koziol comments on the role of Pharmacy leadership bodies:

Many older pharmacists will recall that I used to be an elected member of the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB), but because the Peppermint Water Case left me very concerned about the amount of influence that the large multiples had within the society, I stood down in 2000, to set up the PDA in 2003.

Some may also remember that I was one of the four pharmacists who set up the Save our Society (SoS) campaign in 2004, when it became clear that the government and their Chief Pharmacists were trying to stop the society from being a membership body and wanted to turn it into solely a regulator.

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PDA publishes innovative proposals around opportunities for

post-Covid-19 pharmaceutical care

Our report proposes a more integrated healthcare system that could enable pharmacists to provide effective and more efficient care to patients. This integrated system aligns with our Wider Than Medicines initiative to better utilise the skills of pharmacists as experts in medicines and the provision of pharmaceutical care.

With the current pressures and challenges across the entire system, the status quo cannot continue and the post-Covid-19 period provides an opportunity to reconfigure parts of health and social care.

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PDA Union members working in the NHS in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland reject the NHS pay award

The result of one of our recent surveys for members employed on Agenda for Change terms in the NHS shows a majority of pharmacists reject the pay award.

PDA members employed by the NHS were asked in neutral terms by the union if they accepted the recently announced pay award or rejected it. 80% of those responding rejected the award.

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Revision programme for those sitting the November 2022 assessment

As part of our continued commitment to support trainee pharmacists, we are offering an additional revision programme to help trainees prepare for their assessment. This FREE programme is designed to support trainee pharmacists’ revision for the GPhC assessment on 3 November 2022.

The programme is only available to the following PDA members who are eligible to sit the assessment:

  • Trainees with an end date of 2022
  • Newly qualified members who are provisionally registered
  • Pre-registration and potential members

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

22/8/22 – PDA features on Chemist+Druggist’s webinar on tackling racism in pharmacy

19/8/22 – Joint Statement from LloydsPharmacy and PDA Union

19/8/22 – Boots pay discussions begin

18/8/22 – Show your support for the PDA and the profession’s independent charity

17/8/22 – Community Pharmacy closures: Employed pharmacist offered to work, but employer chose to close

16/8/22 – Robin Swann must enable ‘special measures’ to protect patients from unnecessary pharmacy closures

16/8/22 – Steve Barclay must enable ‘special measures’ to protect patients from unnecessary pharmacy closures

16/8/22 – PDA refer NHS England to Information Commissioner over failure to share data on community pharmacy closures

16/8/22 – Eluned Morgan must enable ‘special measures’ to protect patients from unnecessary pharmacy closures

15/8/22 – Struggles faced by locum pharmacists in Scotland

12/8/22 – Morrisons pharmacists may be impacted by hours reduction

10/8/22 – Humza Yousaf must enable ‘special measures’ to protect patients from unnecessary pharmacy closures

10/8/22 – Attending London Pride 2022

9/8/22 – Following a successful first year, we celebrate the PDA Reps Network in LloydsPharmacy

6/8/22 – Scottish Union Learning announce work, disability and social justice course

2/8/22 – Don’t miss the deadline for registering for reasonable adjustments for the November 2022 assessment

1/8/22 – PDA relaunches Provisional Registration Charter

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Enjoy a range of PDA Plus benefits!

Did you know that as a PDA member, you can take advantage of exclusive PDA Plus offers and discounts? Whether it’s getting a special gift for a family member or friend or treating yourself to a new car, PDA Plus has exclusive offers for you.

Are you looking to save some money on your everyday spending? As a PDA member, you can get access to a 15-month TOTUM Pro Membership for the price of 12 months. This will provide you with discounts on 350 brands online and on the high street, such as 10% off at the Co-op, ASOS, Expedia, and many more.

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Income Protection Plus from PG Mutual allows you to enjoy life, happy in the knowledge that if the unthinkable happens, and you find yourself unable to work through illness or injury, your Income Protection Plus plan could provide you with a replacement income so you can continue to look after the things you care about most, like your family and your home.

What a PG Mutual policy offers:

  • New! Wellbeing Counselling Service – Independent and confidential service provides members with six structured telephone or face-to-face counselling sessions with qualified professionals. Plus, access to Information Specialists providing legal advicesupport for dependent care, money matters, and more.
  • Profit Share Scheme – any profits PG Mutual makes are returned to their members annually through their Profit Share scheme.
  • Covers up to 70% of your income – or £1,200 per week, whichever is lower.
  • Choose from a range of deferment periods – starting from as early as day 1 of incapacity, to best suit your needs.
  • Cover until age 65 – or until you sufficiently recover, whichever comes first.
  • No penalties or limit to claims – There are no penalties on your policy when you claim nor are there limits to the number of times you can make a claim.

*T’s&C’s apply. Visit www.pgmutual.co.uk.

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