Aims and Objectives

To support and protect your reputation as you practice in your profession and to improve the status and working environment of individual pharmacists, ultimately improving patient care.

The PDA was built upon a recognition of two important principles:

  1. That pharmacists are now working in an increasingly litigious and regulated environment and they needed to be able to enjoy a dedicated defence service; one that is solely focused upon looking after the interests of employee and self-employed pharmacists and one that was not in any way compromised by their employers’ interests or those of their employers’ representative organisation(s).
  2. That employee and self-employed pharmacists represented more than 90% of the entire profession and yet the majority of the agenda, the practice and the direction of the pharmacy profession was largely being led by employer representative organisations. This created an unacceptable imbalance within the profession – a direction that benefitted predominantly the employers and a situation that needed to be addressed.

Defending and articulating individual pharmacist’s interests

Unparalleled changes in healthcare are providing pharmacists with new and exciting opportunities. The fact that pharmacists are beginning to play a more comprehensive role is to be welcomed; however it has to be recognised that, in so doing, pharmacists are becoming more and more exposed to new areas of risk.

Whilst these many developments are progressing at a rapid pace, the individual pharmacist’s interests and concerns are not always well-articulated or considered. This leaves those who are at the leading edge of developments (and consequently the very pharmacists who are shouldering the main burden of that risk) feeling isolated, undervalued and often remote from the decisions that affect them.

The PDA will aim to address these issues by:

  •  Supporting you in your legal, ethical and employment needs
  • Providing insurance cover to safeguard and defend your reputation throughout your professional life
  • Proactively seeking to influence the professional, ethical and employment agenda to support members
  • Leading and supporting initiatives designed to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacists in managing risk and safe practices, so improving patient care
  • Working with like-minded organisations to further improve the membership benefits to individual pharmacists.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

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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