Insight Online – February 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.

Tue 25th February 2020 The PDA

In this issue:

It’s time to kill off the Remote Supervision concept

At the PDA, we seek professionally fulfilling and sustainable roles for our members, we want patients to see a wider range of services being delivered by community pharmacists in community pharmacies; at the very heart of primary care. We want to see pharmacists developing more comprehensive clinical relationships with their patients. We believe that we have several draft proposals on changes to supervision that would enable all these things, a plan which does not involve a pharmacy operating in the absence of a pharmacist.


PDA welcomes GPhC action plan to improve Fitness to Practise processes

The PDA welcomes the action plan published by the GPhC to improve their handling of its fitness to practise processes after an audit conducted by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) identified that 4 out of 10 fitness to practise standards were not met.


Latest statement from the Joint Consultative Committee at Boots

The PDA Union and Boots have published the latest statement from their Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC brings together PDAU representatives from across the company to discuss matters of interest with senior company representatives and operates alongside the Joint Negotiating Body (JNB) where pay and other matters are negotiated between the two parties.


PDA announce Regional Committee By-Election Results

PDA members around the UK have been voting to elect new members to their Regional Committees as part of the by-election process, voting closed at 5 pm on Friday 7 February 2020. The independent scrutineer from UK Engage has verified the results and we can now announce the committee members.

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PDA invite pharmacy owners to join the Safer Pharmacies Campaign

This week, we invited pharmacy owners across the UK to join us in our campaign for safer pharmacies. The campaign was designed to focus on the important work of community pharmacists in keeping patients safe.

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Advice to pharmacy students as Lecturers take strike action

The PDA has issued advice to pharmacy students who may face pickets lines and find that their lecturers and other course staff are not at work due to industrial action by members of the University & College Union.

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Have you secured your place at the PDA National Conference?

PDA members work across the UK and across the pharmacy sector, so our National Conference has multiple streams to ensure that everyone can get the most out of their attendance. We have a GP Practice Based / Primary Care stream (supported by MORPh Training), a Locum stream (supported by the Pharmacist Cooperative), a Pre-reg stream (supported by BPSA and ProPharmace) and a Student stream.

Come and hear from renowned speakers and take part in key topical discussions, all while taking advantage of the fantastic opportunity to network with key influencers and your peers.


Limited few places still available at Finishing First Manchester 

There are still limited spaces available for our Finishing First Manchester event. Sessions will cover a range of clinical topics, calculations and handy hints and tips to help you to prepare for the pre-registration assessment. This popular, high-quality conference has already sold out in Birmingham and London, so act now to secure your place at the last Finishing First pre-reg event of this academic year.

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

29/01/20 – PDA encourage you to celebrate HeartUnions Week: 10-16 February 2020

27/01/20 – PDA respond to NHS England consultation on draft Primary Care Network DES Service Specifications

27/01/20 – PDA Safer Pharmacies Survey 2019 suggests safety may be improving, but concerns remain

20/01/20 – PDA Union/Boots agree 7.6% pay increase for newly qualified pharmacists 

16/01/20 – Wales police praised for taking action on safety for pharmacy staff and patients

07/01/20 – NAWP begins a new chapter as a network of the PDA


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