Insight Online – October 2018

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

Mon 22nd October 2018 The PDA

In this issue:

Recap of the Pharmacy Show 2018

The Pharmacy Show took place at the NEC in Birmingham on 7 & 8 October 2018. The team were delighted to see so many PDA members. We also introduced ourselves to many new faces over the course of the two day show. As well as assisting with membership queries, we promoted the Safer Pharmacies Charter and the Wider than Medicines strategy.

Additionally, we sponsored the GP Pharmacy Theatre where we ran 7 informative and engaging sessions that saw us introduce an impressive array of speakers including: Emma Davies, Ann Page, Stephen-Andrew White, Duncan Jenkins, Clair Huckerby and Afshan Ghaffar. All were ably chaired by our very own Alima Batchelor and Liz Brooke.

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A BBC documentary places pharmacy safety standards into public debate

A BBC Inside Out documentary, including a lead feature on the death of a patient in community pharmacy and the company’s subsequent interactions with his family, was broadcast on 8 October 2018. We gave you advance notice of this to highlight the potential for enquiries from patients or their families. We hope you managed to watch the broadcast. If not, you can still view the programme via the BBC iPlayer until 31 October. Learn more

PDA represented at Westminster 

On Monday 15 October, PDA Executive Representative for Wales and West England, Richard Evans discussed the PDA Safer Pharmacy Charter and Stopping Violence in the Pharmacy Policy during a meeting with Jonathan Edwards MP and Ben Lake MP in Westminster. 

Below is a summary of some of the latest news stories that can be found on the PDA website: 

18/10/18 – PDA urge you to sign a petition to ‘Uphold current Responsible Pharmacist rulings and reject Remote Supervision’

18/10/18  Labour Party Conference Fringe Event: ‘Wider than medicine: where next for the NHS?’

16/10/18 – PDA respond to the GPhC’s consultation on its Publication and Disclosure Policy

15/10/18  PDA represented at the Plaid Cymru Conference Dinner

10/10/18 – Recap of the Pharmacy Show 2018

10/10/18 – Lessons on successful skill mix using technicians in the Dental Profession should be applied to pharmacy

05/10/18 – NHS England release information about their Integrated Care Systems Pilot

01/10/18 – CAC agree bargaining unit for PDA Union Recognition

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PDA National Conference 2019
Date: 30 – 31 March 2019

Venue:  Park Regis Birmingham,160 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DT

More details to follow shortly.

NI Pharmacy Conference – in partnership with the PDA

We are proud to announce that the countdown to the 2019 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference – in partnership with the PDA – is officially on.

Date: 28 February 2019
Venue: Europa Hotel, Belfast
Price: Free

We are all working hard – but are we working smart?

As the pressure upon the NHS reaches breaking point, the time has come to consider how the unique skills of pharmacists around the safety of medicines and the development of pharmaceutical care can be deployed for the benefit of patients. While these developments will represent opportunities for some, they introduce risks for others as the established order of pharmacy practice across all of its sectors comes into question.

The Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference considers how all sectors of pharmacy might come together to use their current positioning and develop new and integrated services that are beneficial for patients, the taxpayer and the profession.

Guilt-free spending on the things you deserve
It’s that time of year when an extra perk is never underappreciated, and to help you reward yourself for all your hard work, we’ve compiled some of the best discounts available to you. Enjoy PDA Plus lifestyle savings and take advantage of these fantastic offers today.
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*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. PDA Plus is managed and run on behalf of PDA by Parliament Hill Ltd. PDA are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s website at Neither PDA nor Parliament Hill are part of the same group as the providers. 
Free training from MORPh
Management of Women’s and Men’s Health in Primary Care
Exeter, 8 November 2018  
Expert speakers will cover ED, Prostate disorders, Contraception and HRT. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

Dermatology Masterclass *New Date*
Manchester, 20 November 2018  

These MORPh masterclasses are for succinct therapeutic areas where practice pharmacists may want to increase their competence from Literate to Decision maker. The agenda has been carefully put together by MORPh’s Clinical Team, and local expert speakers will discuss Acne, Rosace and the Early Signs of Skin Cancer. Learn more

Management of Angina, Hypertension, Hyperlipidaemia and Heart Failure in Primary Care
Edinburgh, 29 November 2018 

Expert speakers will look at the management in primary care of Angina, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Hyperlidaemia. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

Management of Diabetes in Primary Care
Leeds, 6 December 2018

Expert speakers will look at the management in primary care of Empowering the Pharmacist to Achieve Clinical Excellence, New Paradigms in Treatment Options, Insulin Initiation – “made ridiculously simple” and Interactive Case Studies. Learn more

These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.


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