Insight Online – June 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 affected you at work.

Thu 20th June 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

Inspiring the future generation of pharmacists

Following on from the Welsh Pharmacy Awards, which took place last month, we caught up with Georgina Leason, winner of the Welsh Student Leadership Award 2019, to find out what inspired her to pursue a career in pharmacy and what useful advice she could pass on to pharmacy students just beginning their course.


Last chance to complete our Pharmacists working in general practice survey

Pharmacists currently working in general practice in the UK have until tomorrow to complete our short survey that will provide an informative overview of the current working environment for GP Pharmacists. This survey is open to PDA members and non-members alike. As part of our work to proactively lobby the individual pharmacist’s agenda, we have developed this survey to help us identify current practice and potential causes of concern which can be utilised in our discussions regarding pharmacy practice at local and national level.

This survey closes tomorrow.  

Representatives of PDA Union and other newly affiliated unions were welcomed by GFTU President, Vice-President and General Secretary – Image by Ade Martin Photography.

PDA Union welcomed at GFTU conference

PDA Union delegates were formally welcomed as new affiliates to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) at their biennial general council meeting (BGCM) and are now formally an established member of the federation.

Trade unionists, academics and educators gathered in London in May for the 120th year of the GFTU. The gathering also heard from international speakers and the Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

PDA attend Clinical Pharmacy CongressThe PDA attended CPC earlier this month to talk to pharmacists about the issues that affect them at work. We exhibited on stand C15 and were excited to talk to existing and potential members about how we can further support them in their career.

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BPSA award Supporter of the Year 2019 to PDA Official

PDA have a long-standing relationship with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) as part of our work to support pharmacy students. As a result of that partnership, Trish Patel, the PDA’s Academic Liaison Officer, was proud to receive the ‘Supporter of the Year 2019’ award at the BPSA’s 77th Annual Conference.

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Boots pharmacists invited to shape the PDAU’s pay claim

The PDAU are inviting all eligible employed Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to tell them about their priorities and issues at work, via an online survey.  The survey responses will help shape the PDAU’s pay claim for the pay year commencing November 2019.

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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.

The agenda for each event has been carefully put together by the MORPh Clinical Team. The speakers are experts in their field and 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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