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  • Your rights under the Equality Act 2010

    Wed 12th June 2024 The PDA

    As part of the PDA Ability Network’s ‘Standing up for Sitting Down’ campaign, the network is asking members to ensure that they understand their rights under the Equality Act 2010 as a pharmacist, trainee pharmacist, or a pharmacy student with disabilities and assert these rights. 

  • PDA continues to assist members following changes to the Boots Pension Scheme

    Tue 11th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA Union is continuing to assist members who are unhappy with changes to the Boots Pension Scheme. These changes were introduced as a consequence of the decision to transfer responsibility for paying benefits to Legal and General under a buy-in arrangement announced last year.  

  • PDA members in Scotland discuss important workplace issues

    Sun 9th June 2024 The PDA

    On 22 May, PDA members in Scotland met at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) headquarters in Glasgow. During the meeting delegates discussed important issues they face in their workplace and learned about strategies they can employ to address them.  

  • PDA responds to NPA proposals for a “Day of action”

    Fri 7th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA has written to the National Pharmacy Association to highlight several important points that need to be considered in advance of their proposed day of action over what the independent community pharmacies' organisation describes as an “emergency across the community pharmacy sector".  

  • PDA Reps in Boots host ‘how to request an in-year pay increase’ event

    Fri 7th June 2024 The PDA

    The PDA Reps in Boots recently hosted a member-exclusive event on how to request an in-year pay increase. The evening was hosted by reps Nav Bhogal, Jayesh Ladva, Nicola Rees and supported by Darren Ayres. 

  • LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network Newsletter – June 2024

    Thu 6th June 2024 The PDA

    This update coincides with Pride Month which is celebrated as a way of raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community along with promoting acceptance and equality. Also, find out how to join the network at Manchester Pride!  

  • It’s Time to Address Discrimination: Standing up for Sitting Down

    Wed 5th June 2024 The PDA

    Today the PDA Ability Network is launching its ‘Standing up for Sitting Down’ campaign against disability discrimination. The network is encouraging members to exercise their rights by calling on employers to make appropriate reasonable adjustments and will also work with members to create a culture where there is zero tolerance for discrimination. 

  • My journey and transition into academia

    Sat 1st June 2024 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article Shurti Patel Aina, a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, clinical pharmacist, and PDA South East Regional Committee member discusses her transition to academia and how she balances two roles.  

  • PDA discusses online supply of GLP-1 RA weight loss products on Woman’s Hour

    Fri 31st May 2024 The PDA

    The PDA was invited to provide a spokesperson on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on 30 May 2024 as part of a short feature on the online prescribing of weight loss drugs. The feature included interviews with a patient, Alima Batchelor, Head of Policy at the PDA, and Professor James Kingsland OBE, the Chair of DiCE. 

  • House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee agree pharmacy students should be included in the NHS Learning Support Fund

    Thu 30th May 2024 The PDA

    The PDA’s Fair Funding campaign was launched November 2023 to ask the government to include pharmacy students in the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF), a supplementary fund that supports healthcare students in England throughout their pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate studies. 

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