Insight Online – July 2019

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 22nd July 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

PDA Union and Boots UK sign historic recognition agreement

Representatives of Boots UK and the pharmacists’ trade union, PDA Union have signed a formal recognition agreement outlining how the union will represent the 7,000 store-based pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists at the largest multiple pharmacy employer in the UK.

This arrangement at Boots is just the beginning of the recognition journey with other employers for PDA Union and we believe the agreement with Boots will help over time to improve conditions at other employers and will benefit locums as well.


PDA launch Safer Pharmacies Survey 2019

In our fourth annual patient safety survey, we invite pharmacists to share their experience of safety in the workplace. This survey is open to employees and locums in community and hospital pharmacies.

PDA respond to GPhC consultation on guidance for pharmacist prescribersThe GPhC consulted from 29 March 2019 to 21 June 2019 on guidance to support pharmacist prescribers in meeting their “Standards for Pharmacy Professionals”, and to ensure pharmacists provide safe and effective care when prescribing.

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PDA respond to call for evidence of violence and abuse toward shop staff

The Home Office has called for evidence on the problem of violence and abuse toward shop staff in England and Wales. It asked for relevant evidence on the prevalence of it, prevention and support measures, the operation of the criminal justice system and the best way of addressing it.

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Locums – Don’t be caught out by IR35There has been a lot of confusion recently around IR35 but just to clarify, IR35 has been in force for a long time. The legislation is designed to combat tax avoidance by workers supplying their services to clients via an intermediary, such as a limited company, but who would be an employee if the intermediary was not used. ‘Disguised employees’, if caught by IR35, are liable for Tax and NICs in the same way as an employee. IR35 was previously only applicable to the public sector, but from April 2020, it will also apply to the private sector.

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Competition winner announced 

Thank you to all those that took part in our recent iPad competition. We can now reveal that the winner of the prize draw is Andrew from Inverness.

Congratulations Andrew! We hope you’re enjoying your prize.  

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

19/07/19 – PDA are seeking a Policy Officer

16/07/19 – We are looking for PDA student reps!

11/07/19 – Joint statement – Boots and the PDA Union sign voluntary recognition agreement

Make your money stretch further this summer with PDA member benefits

Being a PDA member gives you unlimited access to the many PDA Plus discounts on offer when and wherever you need them. From cashback on everyday purchases to a whole host of major retailers.

This summer, make your money stretch further with great value activities for the whole family. Save up to 57% on family days out with Merlin Entertainments Group – with 32 venues to choose from, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Also, save 20% on Virgin experience days. T’s & C’s apply.

So what are you waiting for? Log in to your PDA Plus account today and start saving money.


MORPh Training Events

MORPh run a number of training events across the country where expert speakers cover topics such as Management of Rosacea, Acne and Actinic Keratosis, Bone Health, Management of COPD and many others. These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.


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