Insight Online – May 2019

Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online - the regular mailing that keeps you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work.

Mon 20th May 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

Health Minister to address pharmacists at
Welsh Pharmacy Conference

There are still limited spaces available at the Welsh Pharmacy Conference, which takes place on Thursday 23 May at the Vale Resort, Glamorgan. Don’t miss your chance to hear from Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Service, as he addresses pharmacists in Wales. Tickets are FREE to healthcare professionals and the conference is open to members and non-members alike. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Responses from the Pharmacist Apprenticeship Meeting

Following the Pharmacist Apprenticeship Meeting earlier this month, the institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has provided written responses to some of the questions raised at the meeting. There responses are available to read here. We will inform members of any further developments and will continue to work towards holding a wider stakeholder meeting, hopefully with IFATE and representatives of the Trailblazer group present.

Well Data Breach Potential Claims Update

On 12 March we wrote to all our members to let them know about a data breach at Well Pharmacy and the options open to them. Over 1,000 people have contacted us with a view to being part of a group claim for compensation.

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Share your views on guidance for pharmacist prescribers

The GPhC is consulting on guidance for pharmacist prescribers. We encourage interested members to respond directly to the consultation as individuals. We would also welcome views from our members as to what they would like to see included in the guidance for pharmacist prescribers.

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PDA respond to BEIS consultation on confidentiality clausesThe Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has consulted on confidentiality clauses, particularly in relation to settlement agreements. Click below to read our consultation response.

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Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that have been published on the PDA website this month: 
17/05/19 – PDA invite you to complete our Pharmacists Working in General Practice Survey

02/05/19 – Outcome of Pharmacist Apprenticeship Meeting

01/05/19 – Second joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union

PDA attend CPC to tackle the issues that matter

The PDA will be attending CPC this year to talk about some of the key issues affecting the pharmacy sector today. As well as exhibiting on Stand C15 at the conference, we will also be delivering topical sessions that cover patient safety and the newly launched state backed indemnity scheme.


PDA release dates of 2020 National Conference 

We are pleased to announce the dates of next years’ National Conference, which will take place in Birmingham on 28 and 29 March 2020. More details will be announced shortly!

MORPh Training Events: June 2019

Next month, MORPh are running a number of training events. Expert speakers will 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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