INSIGHT ONLINE – September 2019

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.

Wed 25th September 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

How are you celebrating
World Pharmacists Day 2019?

Today marks World Pharmacists Day 2019 – a day where pharmacists are encouraged to organise activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health. The theme this year is “Safe and effective medicines for all,” according to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

The theme aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicines use and reducing medication errors.

Have you supported the Safer Pharmacies Charter? 
If you haven’t done so already, please use today as the perfect opportunity to sign our Safer Pharmacies Charter, which defines basic standards to ensure safe practice wherever pharmacists work.


Pharmacist Support GoGreen campaign

#GoGreen4PS is Pharmacist Support’s annual campaign. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the issues impacting pharmacists, to raise awareness of the vital FREE services available via the charity and to bring the pharmacy community together to raise much-needed funds to help more individuals.

This year’s campaign runs from World Pharmacists Day on the 25th September until 31st October 2019.


PDAU donates £1,750 to the
National Autistic Society

The PDAU promised to give £1 to charity for each vote cast in the recognition ballot at Boots this year, and as a result, a total donation of £3,500 has been split between two charities. The first half of the total amount raised has been donated to the National Autistic Society (NAS). Importantly, this donation was not dependent on how people voted and was a way to encourage participation in an important ballot whilst at the same time supporting worthy causes. 

PDA encourages pharmacists to review GPhC reports

The PDA has welcomed the launch of a GPhC website giving access to pharmacy inspection reports and is encouraging pharmacists to review that information before deciding where to work.

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PDAU Boots network is in place and ready to make a difference

The network of PDAU representatives at Boots is now in place with most representatives trained. The network has already adopted a mantra of resolving workplace issues at the company “Earlier, more locally and together” to make life better for individual pharmacists and for the company.

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PDAU comment on NHS Tayside industrial actionThe PDA Union are sending a message of support to pharmacy support workers and their trade union involved in industrial action at NHS Tayside. The PDAU is also advising PDAU members how to care for patients while respecting the strike action.

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Secure your place at the
PDA National Conference 2020

Secure your place at our 2020 National Conference and hear from some of the most influential people in pharmacy from the UK and overseas. Discounted hotel bookings are available on request, £100 rooms with bed and breakfast are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Email us at to request your hotel discount code.

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

13/09/19 – PDA attends Parliamentary event to support Pharmacist Support well-being in pharmacy campaign 

10/09/19 – PDAU issues advice to members after Morrisons announce closure of four UK stores, including a pharmacy in Shirley

MORPh Training Events

MORPh run a number of training events across the country where expert speakers 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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