Insight Online – October 2021

In this issue, we share guidance on booking your Covid-19 booster vaccination and information on the pay increases PDA Union is delivering to pharmacists transferred to NHS trust organisations. Also, we invite all pharmacists to take part in our annual Safer Pharmacies Survey.

Tue 26th October 2021 The PDA

In this issue:

  • Guidance on booking Covid-19 booster vaccinations
  • PDA invites all pharmacists to take part in the 2021 Safer Pharmacies Survey
  • PDA Union is delivering pay increases for pharmacists transferred to NHS trust organisations
  • Pharmacists prioritising a safety-first approach to flu vaccinations 
  • Free ‘Vaccinations in Pharmacy’ webinar
  • Insight Magazine – EDI edition
  • NAWP produces breast cancer awareness factsheet
  • Latest News
  • PDA is recruiting! Do you know anyone suitable?
  • Enjoy a range of PDA Plus savings this half term!

Guidance on booking Covid-19 booster vaccinations 

The Covid-19 booster vaccine is necessary to help improve the protection from the first 2 doses of the vaccine. It can help give longer-term protection against developing serious illness from Covid-19.

We have ensured that arrangements were put in place for locum pharmacists, as well as those employed in any area of practice, to arrange the initial vaccinations in each of the four UK nations.At the start of the pandemic, we also made a personalised digital ID card available to help members confirm their healthcare worker status during the Covid-19 crisis and this remains available if needed.

PDA members can access their personalised digital ID cards here

 

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PDA invites all pharmacists to take part in the 2021 Safer Pharmacies Survey

We have now launched our sixth annual patient safety survey, which invites pharmacists to share their experience of safety in the workplace. This survey is open to employed and locum pharmacists wherever they work.

The findings will help us to understand the current working environment for pharmacists and could really help to change things for the better.

To take part in the survey, please click here.

 

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PDA Union is delivering pay increases for pharmacists

transferred to NHS trust organisations 

The PDA Union has concluded further pay negotiations, securing pay increases for members at hospital outpatient pharmacies that previously had their employment transferred from Boots.

The PDA Union uses the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) legislation to ensure that new employers honor the previous Boots arrangements to negotiate on a pay review in November 2020. The union’s strategy also brought forward members’ next increase to be effective from April 2021 to align them with the annual NHS pay round.

 

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Pharmacists prioritising a safety-first approach to flu vaccinations 

The community pharmacy flu vaccination service is already in high demand this winter, however high demand does raise concerns about safe staffing levels.

The PDA has long advocated for a second pharmacist in busy pharmacies, in order to support the provision of these important additional services.

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Free ‘Vaccinations in Pharmacy’ webinar

The PDA has been invited by the Anaphylaxis Campaign to participate in a Vaccinations in Pharmacy webinar which takes place on Thursday 11 November from 7 to 8 pm.

In light of the Covid-19 and flu jab campaigns, we encourage members to register for this webinar or watch the webinar recording at a later date on the Anaphylaxis Campaign website.

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Insight Magazine – EDI edition

Over the last few months, we have distributed hard copies of the latest issue of INSIGHT magazine to those that attended The Clinical Pharmacy Congress and the Pharmacy Show 2021.

This Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) edition focuses on the work of the PDA EDI Networks.

The eight-page magazine includes examples of discrimination from PDA casework files, an overview of the work of PDA EDI Networks and information about the PDA and the benefits of becoming a member.

Find out more information and download the EDI issue here

 

NAWP produces breast cancer awareness factsheet

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month where people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer.

This month, NAWP has produced an information factsheet to help raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in women, men and transgender women.

Read more and download the factsheet here

 

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

25/20/2021 – Withdrawal and Nullification- Sitting the registration assessment in November 2021

22/10/2021 – MEDIA RELEASE: PDA Union members overwhelmingly reject Boots pay offer with 83% calling on the Union to refer the dispute to ACAS

21/10/2021 – DHSC consultation on extending free PPE to the health and care sector after 31 March 2022

20/10/2021 – Staff shortages are causing health and safety concerns in the workplace

19/10/2021 – PDA is calling on all pharmacists to voice their concerns on safety in the workplace

19/10/2021 – Welsh Pharmacy Award winners 2021 revealed

10/10/2021 – World Mental Health Day 2021

08/10/2021 – PDA LGBT+ Network writes to GPhC and PhSC on more inclusion of LGBT+ education in the MPharm programme

07/10/2021 – Community Pharmacy employers try to lower salary expectations of new pharmacists

07/10/2021 – HSE Stress and Wellbeing Survey for PDA members employed at Lloyds, Boots and Well

06/10/2021 – Health Campaigns Together briefing on the Health and Social Care Bill

06/10/2021 – My journey to become a qualified pharmacist

05/10/2021 – PDA welcomes a mutual membership between WEA and GFTU

04/10/2021 – PDA Chairman elected as Secretary General of European pharmacists’ organisation

01/10/2021 – Student Newsletter – October 2021

01/10/2021 – Lloyds Newsletter – October 2021

01/10/2021 – Celebrating Black History Month 2021

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PDA is recruiting! Do you know someone suitable?

We are looking for two experienced people to join our IT team at the PDA head office in Birmingham.

Web Developer 
Six-month fixed-term contract

The successful candidate will have experience of the following:
  • Web design, Web Services, Apache, Web Security, SEO & LDAP.
  • PHP, WordPress, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Shell scripting on a Linux platform.
  • Must have excellent SQL knowledge and experience with MySQL & Oracle databases.
  • Proven experience of working in a Linux Server environment.

 

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Software Developer/IT Business Analyst
Full-time permanent positionThe successful candidate will have experience of the following:
  • Web design, Web Services, Apache, Web Security, SEO & LDAP.
  • PHP, WordPress, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Shell scripting on a Linux platform.
  • Must have excellent SQL knowledge and experience with MySQL & Oracle databases
  • Understanding of TCP/IP and networking.
  • Understanding of Virtualisation – Hyper-V.
  • Working knowledge of both Linux and Windows Server OS’s.
If you know anyone that would be interested in applying for one of the above roles, please forward this email or share these links with them.
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