Insight Online – January 2019

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 23rd January 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

We need your help to make a difference – one pharmacy at a time!

We are always working on a range of campaigns to help improve the working lives of pharmacists. You may have heard about our campaign to get PDA Union recognition at Boots. For those of you that don’t work at Boots, you may be wondering, ‘what has this ballot got to do with me and what impact will this have on my working life?’.

It is important to note that, although our community pharmacy recognition efforts are currently focused on Boots, recognition here is just the first step on our journey to become recognised across many other pharmacy employers, where we would also like to negotiate over terms and working conditions on things such as pay, training, holidays, and ensuring all pharmacists get adequate breaks.

The success of this campaign depends on whether your colleagues at Boots succeed in their ballot for PDA Union recognition, which is due to commence on 4th February 2019. You can help our profession by encouraging any Boots pharmacist you know to vote in this important ballot.

This ballot matters to ALL pharmacists across community pharmacy and beyond.

We hope you can help to support us in our efforts to improve the lives of ALL pharmacists. 

Sharing Smartcard access could result in an instant dismissal

The PDA would like to draw your attention to a recent Employment Tribunal where a practice manager had been immediately dismissed for allowing a pharmacist to use their smartcard to perform a bulk prescription process on the surgery IT system.
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Health Education England cuts funding for hospital pre-registration pharmacists in England

Health Education England has announced a decision to cut funding for hospital pre-registration pharmacist placements by up to 25% from 2020 onward.
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Department of Health and Social Care publish NHS Long Term Plan

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published its 10-year plan on 7 January 2019, some months after the original planned release date in autumn 2018.
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Pharmacists start countdown to Boots Ballot

The end to more than six years of courtroom battles is now in sight and the PDA Union have started a clock counting down the time left before the historic ballot starts.
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Have you booked your place at the
PDA National Conference? 

Understanding the issues that concern our members is at the heart of what we do at the PDA and connecting with our members is a vital component of our work. Every day we are talking to, supporting or fighting for our members, you are the reason why we exist and why we undertake our campaigning and policy work to secure a safe, professionally fulfilling and rewarding career in pharmacy.Please come and join us at our National Conference where you can hear from a wide range of speakers focusing on issues which affect you. Have your say and get involved in determining the sectors’ future.

The conference will offer you the opportunity to catch up with everything that the PDA has been doing on your behalf, hear from renowned national and international speakers, engage in discussions and network with your peers.

The 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.


PDA Charity Fundraising Dinner in aid of Pharmacist Support

We are committed to supporting the professions charity, Pharmacist Support and to further our support, we are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Park Regis Hotel (the same venue as the National Conference), on the evening of day one of the conference (Saturday 30th March). Tickets are priced at just £40 per person. To find out more information, or book a place at the charity dinner, please visit:

The PDA currently donate £1 to Pharmacist Support for every one of our members, including student and pre-registration trainees who have a completely free membership. In the first year of the partnership (Sept 2017 – Sept 2018), we donated over £29,000 to the charity.

Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that can be found on the PDA website: 
22/01/19 – PDA National Conference brings together renowned national and international speakers to help shape the future of pharmacy

19/01/19 – Should Boots be proud of their pay practice?

18/01/19 – Are the new Defences to criminal prosecution for dispensing errors effective?

11/01/19 – Whatever their Brexit view, pharmacists have no control of supply

08/01/19 – PDA respond to the DHSC’s Informal consultation on urgent changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012

07/01/19 – NHS England misses the opportunity to evidence sustainability of the GP pharmacist role


MORPh Training Events: February – March 2019

Over the coming months, MORPh are running training events in Bristol, Leeds, Gatwick and Leicester. These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.

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