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Insight Online – May 2021

In this issue, we introduce new guidance on administering the COVID-19 vaccine, also find out how you can access our new guide: 'Discrimination and the pregnant employee'. We also encourage you to take part in our new Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Survey.

Mon 24th May 2021 The PDA

In this issue:

  • PDA releases guide to Covid-19 vaccine administration
  • PDA publishes Discrimination and the pregnant employee guide 
  • Please take part in our new EDI survey
  • PDA membership is now even greater value
  • Supporting Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Read the latest Member Voice by Pearl J D’souza
  • 2021 AGM Calling Notice 
  • Latest News
  • Join the Virgin Money London Marathon 
  • Great Savings with PDA Plus

PDA releases guide to Covid-19 vaccine administration

The PDA has put together a guide to vaccine administration in light of the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme. This guide will serve to help those individuals who have completed the prerequisite training and are giving Covid-19 vaccinations.

This informative guide will cover vaccine administration, a detailed look into the vaccination site as well as the intramuscular process. The guide also tells individuals who are giving Covid-19 vaccinations what needs to be done prior to vaccine administration such as the need to be aware of possible adverse reactions. This guide is following on from the PDA Covid-19 risk management poster and stickers that are already available.


 PDA publishes Discrimination and the
pregnant employee guide

The PDA has developed a guide to discrimination and the pregnant employee that explains the rights of employees who are pregnant or are on maternity leave.

The guide also looks at examples of pregnancy discrimination and how members can access support and advice from the PDA.

This guide is part of the PDA’s workplace series and follows on from the ‘Discrimination in the workplace’ and ‘Managing your wellbeing in the workplace’ guides.

The full guide can be found here.


Please take part in our new EDI survey

The GPhC recently launched its consultation into its 5-year Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy for 2021-2026. The PDA encourages members to respond to the consultation directly and asks that they complete a short survey to incorporate their views into the PDA’s submission.

The EDI survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey deadline is 5 pm on Monday 31 May 2021.


PDA membership is now even greater value

After several years of discussion with HMRC, the PDA has been approved by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 with effect from 6 April 2018.

PDA members are now allowed to claim tax relief as a deduction from earnings from employment for their PDA subscription, less the amount of £15 each year which is deemed attributable to the PDA Union.

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Supporting Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

May 21 was declared to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in December 2002 at the UN General Assembly.

On this day, we are encouraged to reflect on and increase our awareness around the values of cultural diversity.

Read more

Read the latest Member Voice by Pearl J D’souza

In our latest member voice article, Pearl J D’souza, a pharmacist that has worked across a wide variety of sectors, shares why she became a pharmacist and why it is important to protect ourselves and our colleagues so that we are available to provide the best possible care for patients.

Pearl also talks about discrimination and equality and offers advice to pharmacy students and pre-regs.

Read more

2021 AGM Calling Notice 

Due to the continuing pandemic, the PDA Union annual general meeting will once again be held virtually via video link on Thursday 24 June 2021. If you wish to participate you need to register before the close of business on Tuesday 22 June.

Read more

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

20/05/21 – PDA statement regarding pharmacist vaccination sessions in Glasgow and Greater Clyde

17/05/21 – PDA responds to GPhC consultation on managing concerns about pharmacy professionals

14/05/21 – PDA responds to CQC consultations on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation

13/05/21  PDA call on employers to reduce workplace conflict 

11/05/21 – PDAU comment on industrial action in Prison Education 

11/05/21 – NAWP Newsletter – May 2021

11/05/21 – Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May – 16 May)


Join the Virgin Money London Marathon

The PDA’s charity partner, Pharmacist Support is now accepting applications from the pharmacy community for the Virgin Money London Marathon team.

The Marathon will take place on Sunday 3 October 2021 and the application deadline is Monday 31 May 2021.


Take advantage of the Health & Wellbeing offers and resources with PDA Plus

We are almost halfway through the year, so what better time to invest in your wellbeing to help you feel re-energised for the rest of 2021.

Log in to your PDA Plus account today and start enjoying content from the Health and Wellbeing Hub that can offer you some support and advice. Also take advantage of a variety of health and wellbeing offers.

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