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Member Voice

In this section, PDA members share their thoughts and experiences of the issues that matter.

  • NHS Employers Disability Summit 2023

    Wed 24th January 2024 The PDA

    PDA member and pharmacist clinical writer, Sandra Hicks attended the virtual NHS Employers Disability Summit 2023 from 29 to 30 November 2023. The annual Disability Summit provided an opportunity for those working in the healthcare sector to lead the change and tackle inequality in the workplace. Sandra has reflected on her experience of the summit and what she learned while there. 

  • Community pharmacy breaches NHS contract to cut costs

    Thu 11th January 2024 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, a locum pharmacist anonymously recalls how a community pharmacy chose to decline their offer to cover a shift and decided to close the store rather than pay the pharmacist their requested day rate.  

  • Think Winter – Pharmacists within the healthcare team

    Sat 9th December 2023 The PDA

    In our latest Member Voice article Jyoti Saini, PDA Regional Committee and Workplace Representative discusses being involved in the ICB's Think Winter campaign which highlights the skills that pharmacists and their support teams can provide for patients.  

  • PDA LGBT+ Network speaks out against transphobic rhetoric

    Thu 16th November 2023 The PDA

    Following the statements by some senior government ministers at their party conference in October and the subsequent decision to reverse the commitment on banning conversion therapy, the PDA’s LGBT+ Network wholly condemns transphobic rhetoric, including comments relating to wards in hospital trusts across the UK. 

  • PDA member speaks at STUC Anti-Racist Conference

    Wed 8th November 2023 The PDA

    PDA member and co-opted member of the PDA LGBT+ Committee, Soh Xi Ken took part in the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Anti-Racist Conference and participated in every session of the conference as part of a panel of expert speakers. Here Soh Xi Ken reflects on the conference and key topics discussed. 

  • PDA NAWP Network supports the 17th EWPM

    Mon 6th November 2023 The PDA

    President of the PDA NAWP Network, Ayah Abbass, and co-opted member of the PDA NAWP Network, Nicola Rees recently attended the 17th European Women’s Pharmacy Meeting (EWPM), held in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Here Ayah and Nicola share their experience of representing the PDA NAWP Network at the annual meeting. 

  • The use of umbrella companies within the healthcare sector

    Mon 30th October 2023 The PDA

    Umbrella companies employ individuals on behalf of employment businesses, often referred to as recruitment agencies, who are then supplied to end clients. They have a significant impact on those they employ but, are largely unregulated. An experienced hospital and locum pharmacist has shared their concerns about the impact of NHS trusts choosing to use umbrella companies to engage locums.  

  • PDA sees an increase in members seeking advice on sexual harassment incidents

    Thu 19th October 2023 The PDA

    President of the PDA NAWP Network, Ayah Abbass discusses the rising issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, what the PDA is doing to help, and what employers need to do to protect their workers. 

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month Member Voice – ‘I found a lump!’

    Sun 1st October 2023 The PDA

    To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October President of the PDA NAWP Network, Ayah Abbass shares her personal experience of one of the scariest moments in her life - finding a lump in her breast. Ayah also offers advice to those in a similar situation. 

  • Black Country pioneer clinical peer mentoring scheme for clinicians in primary care

    Thu 28th September 2023 The PDA

    Jyoti Saini, PDA Regional Committee member, discusses the Black Country Training Hub, which is providing a fully funded peer mentoring scheme for clinicians working in General Practice within GP Practices in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley. 

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