Insight Online – May 2020

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.

Tue 19th May 2020 The PDA

In this issue:

PDA Pandemic Series Update

In our latest Pandemic Series Update (issued 14 May 2020), we bring to your attention a few important issues that may help you with your practice. Click below for an update on Controlled Drug Legislation, Responsible Pharmacist Regulations and the Flu Vaccination Service 2020-2021.

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PDA support the global #Pharmacyheroes campaign

As a leading member of the Employed Pharmacists of the European Union (EPhEU), earlier this month, the PDA was pleased to support the international campaign to raise the profile of pharmacists fighting against the spread of COVID-19. The campaign shows a worldwide community of pharmacists who, in the face of a pandemic, regardless of danger and their own situation, have faced the fight against COVID-19 all over the world, while significantly relieving the healthcare system.

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PDA urge the government and NHS to protect the BAME community and keep workers safe

After the ONS (Office of National Statistics) confirmed that people that are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) are more likely to suffer a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death, the PDA has urged the NHS and the government to develops plans to mitigate risk in order to keep all pharmacy workers safe. Read more

Join the PDA BAME network

The PDA BAME Pharmacists Network is a network that concerns itself with issues of special relevance to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic pharmacists within the UK. The mission is to enable BAME pharmacists to realise their full potential and raise their profile by being educationally, socially and politically active.If you would like to join the PDA BAME Network, or for more information, click below.

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COVID around the world – snapshots of the COVID-19 response

The PDA policy team have been gathering information about some of the effects of COVID-19. The document provides an overview of our findings related to community pharmacy, together with a table listing some statistics, general measures, testing approach and more detailed pharmacy measures by country. This is by no means a comprehensive list as more than 210 countries and territories were affected at the time of writing this article (9 May 2020).

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Community Pharmacy Trade Unions call on the government to facilitate talks on workplace safety

The PDA and Usdaw (Union of shop, Distributive and allied workers) have written a joint letter to Health & Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, calling on him to facilitate tripartite discussion between government, community pharmacy employer representatives and the trade unions to agree safe working practices across the sector.

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Support Our NHS branded clothing

The Health Campaigns together online clothing store sells a variety of support the NHS organic cotton clothing which is printed in a renewable energy powered factory in the UK. Health Campaigns Together is an initiative to enable many of the NHS campaigns that have been formed to liaise together, share experiences and lessons, and where possible work together on issues of common concern.

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

18/05/20 – PDA Union secures sick pay victory for Boots members transferring to Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RM Medicines)

15/05/20 – PDA welcome GPhC statement on zero tolerance of violence

13/05/20 – PDA calls for next steps to end violence in pharmacies after community pharmacy sector adopts zero tolerance approach

13/05/20 – PDAU welcomes advice from NHS Social Partnership Forum regarding industrial relations during the ongoing COVID-19 situation

12/05/20 – PDA publish FAQs to support pre-regs through this time of uncertainty

12/05/20 – Pharmacy teams encouraged to join trade unions as health and safety at work issues become higher profile

11/05/20 – PDA secure confirmation that compensation cases from community pharmacy will be treated in the same way as cases from other parts of the NHS and social care sectors for pharmacy team

07/05/20 – How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pre-registration pharmacists

06/05/20 – Employees and locums must ensure employers report COVID-19 infections acquired at work

05/05/20 – PDA respond to GPhC’s consultation on the draft 2020 fees rules

04/05/20 – PDA live webinar used to offer support and guidance to pre-reg members

04/05/20 – PDA praise CPS and Scottish Government for including community pharmacy in COVID-19 related death in service scheme

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