PDA cancels its forthcoming conferences due to COVID 19

The PDA have announced today that it will be cancelling four events due to the situation with the coronavirus. The cancelled events are the PDA National Conference which was scheduled on 28 & 29 March in Birmingham and the programme of pre-registration trainee “Finishing First” courses due in Birmingham on 28 & 29 March, Manchester on 19 April and London on 26 April.

Fri 13th March 2020 The PDA

The decision is based on the need to manage the spread of the virus through containment. As such, the PDA wants to support the reduction of non-essential travel and large-scale public gatherings.  Delegates and speakers have been written to, to let them know what this means for them.

Cancelling programmes that are being supported by more than 500 delegates whilst a necessary step, is a great disappointment, the National Conference was not only going to be well attended, but it also had a particularly strong and relevant programme. To that end, the various initiatives and communications that were to be launched at conference will now be disseminated to members in other ways.

For the pre-registration graduates who were to attend the Finishing First training sessions, it is recognised that this was to be an important component of their final pre-exam preparations. The PDA is already looking into alternative ways in which their exam preparation can be supported and will confirm any alternative activity in due course.

PDA Chairman Mark Koziol said;

“When the time comes, we want as many pharmacists as possible to be available to focus on the national efforts to manage the crisis. We fully expect that in these extra-ordinary times, many will need to be involved in extra-ordinary measures and even unusual front- line activities. Some will be required to make some critically important professional decisions to support patient care, but we are confident that pharmacists will be able to account for their actions with distinction and we are here to support them in that regard.”

Quite properly the immediate focus is on the virus, but the PDA is also keeping abreast of any untoward consequences or any disruption to the profession and to pharmacy studies. It is participating in meetings with senior NHS and Government officials and liaising with other stakeholders in the sector.  Now is a critical time for all parts of the profession’s leadership to work collaboratively, the PDA will play its part.

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