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PDA National Conference brings together renowned national and international speakers to help shape the future of pharmacy

The PDA has announced the dates of their National Conference, titled “Moving from Supply to Services: Managing the risks; Embracing the Opportunities’, which takes place at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham on 30th and 31st March 2019.

Tue 22nd January 2019 The PDA

The conference will have a focus on the work undertaken by the PDA for its members in addition to a wide variety of stimulating topics including; new technology, public perception of pharmacy, remote supervision and decriminalisation, and ambitious new models of practice.

“This conference offers us the perfect opportunity to explore how to overcome the obstacles faced by the profession and navigate the forces for change, as we seek to re-engineer pharmacy practice”, said Mark Koziol, Chairman of the PDA.

“Whilst healthcare professionals are working very hard, the system doesn’t often allow them to work smart by enabling them to focus more on their unique skills. Much of healthcare, especially primary care is not integrated. We want to instigate change to enable the sector to work smarter and to promote a safe and satisfying practice,” Mark continued.

Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown, Former President of the American Pharmacists Association will be running an insightful session at the conference that will highlight the best models of practice in the USA. Dr. Brown will also be detailing his work on how to change the public’s perception of pharmacy which he undertook in the USA.

More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks in the run up to the event.

The conference will provide the perfect opportunity to engage and connect with other members, in addition to discovering more information on emerging opportunities as well as practical guidance to help effectively manage risk. The event is free for PDA members and non-members can also attend, with tickets priced at £195 for both days, or £110 for one day. For more information and to secure a place, visit:


PDA Charity Fundraising Dinner in aid of Pharmacist Support

The PDA are committed to supporting the professions charity, Pharmacist Support and to further their support, are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Park Regis Hotel (the same venue as the conference), on the evening of day one of the National Conference (Saturday 30th March). Tickets are priced at just £40 per person. Attendance at this charity fundraising dinner is entirely optional. To find out more information, or book a place at the charity dinner, please visit:

The PDA currently donate £1 to Pharmacist Support for every one of their members, including student and pre-registration trainees who have a completely free membership. In the first year of the partnership (Sept 2017 – Sept 2018) this resulted in the PDA donating over £29,000 to the charity.


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About the PDA

The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association) is a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists and, when necessary, defend their reputation. It has a certificate of independence and is a member of Unions21 and EPhEU. The PDA and the PDA Union have more than 28,000 members.

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