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Safer Pharmacies Campaign continues

The campaign to get pharmacies across the UK to meet the seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients, through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practice is continuing. Here are some of the latest developments in support for the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Charter.

Fri 19th October 2018 The PDA



At the Pharmacy Show 2018 in Birmingham on 10 – 11 October a number of pharmacists had their photos taken showing they want the charter to be adopted. Pictured above are Junel Ahmed, President of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) with Paul Day of PDA and in the second picture Ian Strachan, immediate previous Chair of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) who were among those that wanted to show their support.  You can add your own support and let us know why you think it is so important here:

The charter is already reaching international audiences too.  The PDA Union represents UK pharmacists in EPhEU (European Association of Employed community Pharmacists in Europe) who have been advising the pharmacists in Poland on establishing their own trade union.  At the 2018 EPhEU General Assembly held in Warsaw on 16 – 17 October we were delighted to be present along with the Polish Health Minister and others at the official launch of the Polish Trade Union of Pharmacy Workers – Związek Zawodowy Pracowników Farmacji (ZZPF).  PDA Union are delighted that ZZPF members have adopted the principles of the Safer Pharmacies Charter as core values for their organisation, as can be seen on the banner in this photo.  Pictured alongside the banner are Mark Koziol of PDA and Piotr Merks of ZZPF.

The charter is getting endorsements from a widening range of those interested in patient safety. See:  .   One of the latest organisations to endorse the charter are the Pharmacist Cooperative, they said “The Pharmacist Cooperative fully endorses the Safer Pharmacies Charter. It benefits everyone when pharmacists are able to work in a safe environment. As healthcare professionals our primary focus is our patients and when we work in a safe environment we are able to give our very best. We urge everyone to support this charter.

In Wales, a Welsh language and English language version of the charter was recently distributed to every community pharmacy in partnership with Community Pharmacy Wales.  We are delighted to work with other organisations that also want to see safer pharmacies.

We’ve been advised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) that although they “agree with the PDA on the importance of patient safety and how this is key to the role of every pharmacist.”  and understand that “…the PDA’s Safer Pharmacies Charter identifies some important issues which they say they will consider as part of their work on community pharmacy standards, they will not be formally endorsing the charter.

The charter defines basic standards to ensure safe practice wherever pharmacists work and RPS say they want to build on the points included in the charter in discussion with PDA and others as they create their own professional standards.  The target date for delivery of the RPS proposals is not yet known and we are disappointed that the professional body for Great Britain’s pharmacists have chosen not to endorse the charter and be part of the campaign we commenced last November.

However, we look forward to seeing the eventual outcome of the RPS activity, along with any contributions to patient safety from any other bodies.  We will continue to focus on working with those who will support our campaign including other trade unions, patient safety organisations and of course most importantly pharmacists themselves.

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