Insight Online – September 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.

Mon 21st September 2020 The PDA

In this issue:

  • PDA launch Member Voice
  • Lloyds pharmacists pass first test on road to union recognition
  • How can Pharmacist Support help you?
  • Financial statement to members – 2020
  • PDA respond to public service pension scheme consultation
  • Have you completed the Safer Pharmacies Survey 2020?
  • Latest News
  • PDA Plus – saving you money on your everyday spending

PDA launch Member Voice 

We have created the Member Voice section of the website so that PDA members can share their thoughts and experiences on the issues that matter to them. If you would like to share your views with us and be featured on the website, email Collette Bradford, Head of Organising & Engagement, on

Member items which are more personal can be completely anonymous, like the Living and working with autism post that published last month. Including a picture is also optional.

Our latest member stories can be found below.

A provisionally registered pharmacist’s hopes for the future

In our latest member voice article, Abigail Clarke, a provisionally registered pharmacist and PDA rep shares her pharmacy journey to date; from deciding to study pharmacy to her hopes and aspirations for the future. Find out how Abigail first got involved with the PDA and what advice she has for future pre-regs.

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How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pre-registration pharmacists 

In the fourth instalment of our ‘coronavirus and its impact on pre-registration pharmacists’ series, we talk to Samuel Opoku, a PDA Pre-reg Rep who after being unsuccessful in passing the pre-reg assessment in 2019, was denied the chance to retake the assessment earlier this year or become a provisionally registered pharmacist.

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Lloyds pharmacists pass first test on road to union recognition

Pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy have made significant progress towards trade union recognition as the government body that oversees the process has formally accepted their application. The process now moves forward to decide which pharmacists will be included in the bargaining unit.

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has formally accepted the application on behalf of pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy to secure an independent voice at work through trade union recognition of the PDA. The statutory process now proceeds to the next stage.

If you know a pharmacist who works for LloydsPharmacy and hasn’t yet joined the PDA, please encourage them to join here.


How can Pharmacist Support help you?

We were delighted to sponsor the #ACTNow wellbeing campaign and support the profession’s charity, Pharmacist Support. We would appreciate your input in helping to shape future activities like this. If you have five minutes to spare, please share your thoughts on the campaign by completing this SURVEY.

As a charity, Pharmacist Support relies on donations such as ours to be able to continue to support colleagues across the profession through challenging times, but our support alone is not enough. They are encouraging members of the pharmacy family to come together and join TEAMGreen and to help raise valuable funds to support their work. Click below to find out more about their fundraising campaign.


Financial statement to members – 2020

Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amended), the PDA Union is required to circulate to all members key financial information along with details of the salary and benefits provided to the President, General Secretary and any other members of the National Executive Committee.

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PDA respond to public service pension scheme consultation

Members working in the NHS will be interested in a public consultation launched last month by Government. This consultation looks at how all public service pension schemes should respond to the successful legal challenges brought by the Fire Brigades Union in relation to age discrimination in the Firefighters scheme.

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Have you completed the Safer Pharmacies Survey 2020?

In our fifth annual patient safety survey, we invite pharmacists to share their experience of safety in the workplace. This survey is open to employed and locum pharmacists wherever they work. Please complete the short survey below – it’s based on our Safer Pharmacies Charter.

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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:

08/09/20 – Latest minutes of the Joint Consultative Committee at Boots

07/09/20 – PDA invite LloydsPharmacy to work together to resolve pharmacist concerns

04/09/20 – PDA exploring all options for pharmacist as pharmacy business faces insolvency


PDA Plus – saving you money on your everyday spending

Don’t forget, being a PDA member gives you unlimited access to the many PDA Plus discounts on offer when and wherever you need them. Whether it’s a meal out with friends, your weekly grocery shop, gym membership or renewing your car insurance, PDA Plus has a deal that could save you money.So what are you waiting for? Log in to your PDA Plus account today and start saving money.











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