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PDA encourages pharmacists to take part in the 2022 Safer Pharmacies Survey

The PDA has again launched their annual Safer Pharmacies Survey for the seventh year running and is encouraging pharmacists to take part. The survey is based on the seven commitments outlined in the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Charter.

Tue 29th November 2022 The PDA

The aim of the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Survey is to ask pharmacists across all areas of practice their experiences of health and safety in their workplace. PDA members played a huge role in developing the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Charter and since its launch, annual surveys have examined responses based on the charter’s seven commitments. These commitments are:

  • No Self-Checking
  • Safe Staffing
  • Access to a Pharmacist
  • Adequate Rest
  • Respect for Professional Judgment
  • Raising Concerns and
  • Physical Safety

Following the results of the 2021 Safer Pharmacies Survey, which showed an almost universal worsening in working conditions, the PDA is now urging all pharmacists to take part in the 2022 survey. The results of the 2022 survey will help the PDA to see if conditions have improved or not and understand the current working environment for pharmacists. The results of the survey could really help to change things for the better.

All employed and locum pharmacists can complete the survey by midnight on 27 December 2022 by clicking below:


Media coverage and support

The results from the 2021 Safer Pharmacies Survey lead to some very significant media coverage which promoted the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Survey and the #ENDviolenceinpharmacy campaign. This media coverage included a section on BBC Breakfast and many radio stations including the Voice of Islam Radio Breakfast and BBC Radio Manchester. This coverage allowed the PDA to highlight the issues that pharmacists are facing on a daily basis and how important the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Charter is in creating a better working environment. Media coverage of the 2021 Safer Pharmacies Survey results can be found here.

Many organisations have shown their support for the Safer Pharmacies Charter. These organisations include the Labour Party, the trade union USDAW, the BPSA, the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents, the Pharmacist Cooperative, and Health Campaigns Together. Thousands of pharmacists have also expressed their support, which shows that the charter is important and benefits the profession.

For more information about the Safer Pharmacies Charter, click here.

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