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Insight Online – June 2022

This month, find out how to register for our 2022 Annual General Meeting, we update you on pharmacist apprenticeship scheme discussions, and learn about new NHS guidelines for flexible working requests. Also, find out how you can nominate Pharmacist Support to win a share of £1 million to help more people in the profession.

Wed 1st June 2022 The PDA

In this issue:

  • PDA Union – 2022 AGM calling notice
  • The pharmacist apprenticeship scheme is back on the agenda
  • NHS announces new guidelines for flexible working requests
  • Scottish Health Secretary responds to parliamentary question about Well Pharmacy’s Covid-19 policy
  • Understanding when to withdraw and when to nullify for the June 2022 assessment
  • Mental Health Awareness Week: 9 – 15 May 2022
  • Latest news
  • Enjoy a range of PDA Plus benefits!
  • Help Pharmacist Support to help more people in the profession
  • Spotlight On – Morrish Solicitors

PDA Union – 2022 AGM calling notice

This year the PDA Union Annual General Meeting will be held face-to-face, for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, at 2 pm on Thursday 30 June 2022. The meeting will take place at the Jewellery Quarter Conference Centre, 10 Vyse Street, Birmingham B18 6LT.

PDA members can register by emailing before close of business on Thursday 23 June confirming their full name and membership number.


The pharmacist apprenticeship scheme is back on the agenda

After a previously flawed scheme was successfully opposed by PDA members and others, and paused due to Covid-19, discussions are now back in progress to try and introduce a degree apprenticeship alternative to the current undergraduate route to qualification.

Large employers must pay a 0.5% ‘Apprenticeship levy’ of their annual pay bill and they can only get this money back if they use it to fund apprenticeship schemes. That can give those employers a significant incentive to make efforts to get that money and increase their workforce by adding apprentices.

Pharmacist degree apprenticeships were first floated as a concept in 2019 by a secretive group, including several large pharmacy employers. Their plans faced criticism as, with no prior notice, they attempted to get the proposal approved within the profession, giving less than two weeks’ notice of a consultation deadline.


NHS announces new guidelines for flexible working requests

Those working in the NHS and employed under Agenda for Change terms and conditions now have stronger rights regarding requesting flexible working. This is the result of a joint statement issued by NHS Employers and the trade unions representing NHS staff. The details of the statement can be found here.

This new guidance confronts some of the myths about who can request to move to a flexible working arrangement. It also explains how employers should see flexible working as a key to retaining and recruiting staff, rather than a burden.



Scottish Health Secretary responds to parliamentary question about Well Pharmacy’s Covid-19 policy

The Scottish Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, has responded to a direct question asked in the Scottish Parliament relating to the concerns raised by us about Well Pharmacy’s Covid-19 policy.

The Health Secretary confirmed that if community pharmacy staff test positive for Covid-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, they should not attend work for a minimum of 5 full days. Well Pharmacy will have to change their policy in Scotland and no longer allow Covid-19 positive staff to work in their pharmacies.

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Withdrawal and nullification for the June 2022 assessment

We are asking that trainee pharmacist members planning to sit the GPhC & PSNI summer assessment on Wednesday 29 June 2022 please read this updated guidance.

You can withdraw between now and at any point before you sign the non-disclosure agreement at the workstation and declare yourself ‘Fit to Sit’.

We would advise that you consider your decision and make the best choice for you at each stage of the process.

Learn more


Mental Health Awareness Week: 9 – 15 May 2022

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we took the opportunity to call on employers to engage with members around mental health so that positive changes can be achieved in the workplace.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK is encouraged to focus on achieving good mental health. It’s the opportunity to have open discussions about mental health, and how it can affect an individual’s day-to-day life.

Learn more

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

30/5/22 – NAWP produces factsheet to mark Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

27/5/22 – PDA Regional Committees meet to share the views of members

26/5/22 – Lloyds Newsletter – May 2022

25/5/22 – LloydsPharmacy pay update

25/5/22 – ACTNow wellbeing campaign supports trainees in the lead up to the GPhC assessment

24/5/22 – An award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to better the profession

21/5/22 – PDA responds to requirements for pharmacist Independent Prescribing courses

20/5/22 – Keep our NHS public

19/5/22 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022

18/5/22 – Joint Statement from LloydsPharmacy and PDA Union

17/5/22 – NAWP Newsletter – May 2022

13/5/22 – PDA responds to the Employment Rights Bill omitted from the Queen’s Speech yet again

12/5/22 – PDA Education delivers its first mental health course for reps

8/5/22 – PDA attends STUC Annual Congress

7/5/22 – Student Newsletter – May 2022

6/5/22 – ‘Community Pharmacy England’ proposals underline how contractor bodies speak for business owners and not for the profession

4/5/22 – Northern Ireland Healthcare Award winners 2022 announced


Enjoy a range of PDA Plus benefits!

As a PDA member, you can take advantage of exclusive PDA Plus offers and discounts that save you money on your everyday spending!

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Help Pharmacist Support to help more people in the profession

Pharmacist Support is an independent charity for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists, trainees, and pharmacy students and is funded by donations from pharmacists and pharmacy organisations such as the PDA. The charity provides confidential advice and support with issues relating to stress, welfare, addiction, and finance. All services that are completely FREE of charge.

PDA Plus partners Lloyd & Whyte, together with the Benefact Group, have launched their Movement for Good Awards, giving charities and good causes like Pharmacist Support the chance to win a share of £1 million.

We at the PDA are hoping you can spend a few minutes of your time helping to give this well-deserved charity some much needed funding so that they help more people in the profession. Please nominate Pharmacist Support in the Movement for Good Awards today!

Welcome to our Spotlight On segment where each month you learn more about our PDA Plus partners and the exclusive offers and services available to members.

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