Pre-registration pharmacists – join PDA as a Christmas gift to yourself

Pre-registration pharmacists can gift themselves the benefits of PDA membership for FREE this Christmas and become part of the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists

Fri 7th December 2018 The PDA

Paul Day, PDA Director explains: “Pharmacy students and pre-registration trainees are eligible for free membership of the PDA from the start of their pharmacy education and membership remains free until after they register as a pharmacist.  All that pharmacy students/pre-registration trainees need to do to access the benefit of membership is sign up online at

PDA are constantly campaigning for the future of pharmacy and as such the views of those currently studying or in their pre-registration year are very important to us.  Those registering this year are likely to still be practicing well into the second half of this century, so they have the most to lose or gain from the environment that pharmacists operate within and from the employment terms set by employers in coming years.

Membership benefits include access to training, events and communications, a helpline manned by experienced pharmacists and lawyers, professional indemnity and legal defence insurance, the PDA Plus range of additional benefits and being part of a not-for-profit organisation run by pharmacists, exclusively for pharmacists.  The PDA Union is now the largest individual membership organisation in the sector with over 28,000 pharmacists, pre-registration trainees and pharmacy students

As a democratic, member-lead, organisation joining means individuals get a say within the union and can volunteer and vote for trade union roles.  The PDA charity partnership also means that every joiner generates a £1 per year donation to Pharmacist Support, even though membership is FREE for students and pre-registration trainees.

Mark Pitt, Director of Defence Services at PDA, added “Every year we support hundreds of pre-registration trainees to prepare for their registration assessment and we advise many others on workplace issues they never expected.  Academic studies do not always prepare trainees for the realities of a pre-reg year and by joining the PDA for free, pre-registration pharmacists have ready access to the advice and support they need to help ensure their progress towards registering as a pharmacist goes as smoothly as possible.”

Join for FREE here:

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The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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