Insight Online – December 2018

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

Wed 19th December 2018 The PDA

In this issue:

PDA take part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children 

Last week the PDA team took part in Christmas Jumper Day to help raise money for Save the Children – a charity dedicated to making sure children survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn. For more information about the charity, visit: 

Bookings are now open for the
PDA National Conference – 30 – 31 March 2019 

The PDA National Conference will take place in Birmingham on 30 – 31 March 2019. We are looking forward to bringing together both new and existing members for a high-quality conference which showcases the work being undertaken by the PDA on behalf of our members.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together PDA members, to network and hear from renowned national and international speakers and recognised experts enabling them to connect, engage and focus on both the challenges and opportunities within the pharmacy profession.

Too far to travel? 
Want to access something closer to home? Did you know that the PDA are also holding events in Northern Ireland (28 February), Wales (23 May) and Scotland (6 November).

The PDA national conference is FREE FOR PDA MEMBERS; however places are limited so we urge you to reserve your place as soon as possible. Non-members that would like to attend can pay £195 to attend both days or £110 to attend either one of the two days.


Secure your place at the PDA Charity Fundraising Dinner – 30 March 2019

We are proud to announce that bookings are now open for our Charity Fundraising Dinner, which takes place on the evening of the first day of the PDA National Conference (7pm on Saturday 30 March 2019). The fundraising dinner is in aid of Pharmacist Support – the professions’ independent charity. Tickets are priced at just £40 pp and includes a three course meal, entertainment and a raffle entry on the night. This would make a perfect gift for a loved one.

Secure your place today and help raise money for a worthy cause.


Key news items
PDA calls on DHSC to confirm plans for BREXIT

As the countdown to BREXIT approaches 100 days, the PDA is calling on the government to be absolutely transparent with their plans for pharmacy and clarify exactly what they intend to do.
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PDA release fifth chapter of Pharmacy Technicians Report

In the fifth chapter of the Pharmacy Technicians Report we analyse the definition of a strong representative voice. Can the APTUK claim to be a representative body for pharmacy technicians if they only have 6% of the total workforce as members? Who is really standing up for pharmacy technicians in community pharmacy?
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PDA Union support Health Campaigns Together

PDA Union members care about patients, the National Health Service and healthcare in the UK overall and that’s why the PDA Union are working with Health Campaigns Together (HCT).
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Below is a summary of some of the latest news stories that can be found on the PDA website: 

10/12/18 – PDA sponsor RPS Wales Medicines Safety Conference

07/12/18 – Pre-registration pharmacists – join PDA as a Christmas gift to yourself

03/12/18 – Is the GPhC premises inspection process failing on the staffing standard?

03/12/18 – BAME pharmacists more likely to face FTP panels

01/12/18  Important Advice for PDA members at Medipharmacy Limited

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Free training from MORPh
Medicines Optimisation in the Frail and Elderly Population
Leicester, 10 January 2019Our speakers are experts in their field and will discuss medicines in elderly, anticholinergic burden, practical session on STOP START tool, falls prevention. There will be plenty of case study time with an overall emphasis on clinical decision making, responding to abnormal results etc.
Learn moreManagement of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Primary Care
Leeds, 15 January 2019

Experts speakers will discuss diagnosis and monitoring of COPD, management of COPD, non-drug management of COPD and smoking cessation for practice pharmacists. There will be plenty of case study time with an overall emphasis on clinical decision making, responding to abnormal results etc.
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Bone Health for the Practice Pharmacist
Manchester, 16 January 2019

Our speakers are experts in their field and will discuss medicines in fall prevention, osteoporosis, strategies for management of Vitamin D deficiency and arthritis. There will be plenty of case study time with an overall emphasis on clinical decision making, responding to abnormal results etc.
Learn more 

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


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