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Insight Online – March 2024

This month, learn about the latest ways we are representing your interests and raising your concerns with the government. We also announce the appointment of our new PDA Director of Pharmacy, Jay Badenhorst. Plus, find out about the range of upcoming FREE events and courses designed to support you in your career.

Tue 26th March 2024 The PDA

In this issue:
  • PDA responds to DHSC consultation on supervision
  • PDA highlights several significant matters to the Health and Social Care Committee
  • PDA secures important safeguards for members in the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Campaigners call for government to freeze prescription charges
  • Pharmacy contractors must provide appropriate PPE for pharmacists
  • Jay Badenhorst appointed as PDA Director of Pharmacy
  • Latest news
  • PDA Shop
  • Events and training

PDA responds to DHSC consultation on supervision

After careful consideration of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC’s) proposals regarding pharmacy supervision, we have responded to the consultation.

This consultation will have a significant impact on the pharmacy practice, so we used our members’ experiences, a significant casework pool, feedback from dedicated member events, and extensive scrutiny with the support of legal counsel to form our comprehensive response.

Because of the large number of caveats, we could neither agree nor disagree with many of the proposals but believe that, should they be accepted by the government, the result would be a welcome development.


PDA highlights several significant matters to the Health and Social Care Committee

Following on from the oral evidence provided to the Health and Social Care select committee’s pharmacy inquiry in January 2024, we have submitted written supplementary evidence which highlights a number of emerging but highly significant matters that our members are facing at work.

These issues include under-staffing, the introduction of the Pharmacy First Service, the recent pharmacy supervision consultation, and more.


PDA secures important safeguards for members in the NHS Pension Scheme

In November last year, we responded to the government consultation on potential changes to the NHS Pension Scheme. The details of our response can be found here.

As a result of the points we made, the government has now withdrawn proposals that would have seen more NHS pharmacists paying higher pension contributions.

The full government response can be found here.


Campaigners call for government to freeze prescription charges

We have signed an open letter asking the Minister for Primary Care and Public Health to freeze prescription charges for 2024 and 2025. This has been handed to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Learn more.

Pharmacy contractors must provide appropriate PPE for pharmacists

Ongoing concerns about Covid-19 and other viruses, along with the launch of a service for shingles as part of PFS, have re-emphasised the need for adequate personal protective equipment to be used in community pharmacy settings.

Learn more.

Jay Badenhorst appointed as PDA Director of Pharmacy

We have reinforced our leadership credentials and our commitment to the advancement of the pharmacy practice with the key appointment of Jay Badenhorst to the newly created post of Director of Pharmacy.

Learn more.

Below is a summary of some of the other key news stories that have been published on our website recently:

23/3/24 – The 23rd annual Scottish Hazards Conference

22/3/24 – PDA Reps highlight how PDA resources can help raise awareness and influence change

21/3/24 – Welcome to the PDA NHS Pharmacists’ Newsletter – March 2024

20/3/24 – WHPA open letter on safeguarding of healthcare facilities in areas of conflict

19/3/24 – New policy supports NHS employees who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss

18/3/24 – Joint statement from the PDA Union and LloydsPharmacy Healthcare Services

16/3/24 – PDA to host member event to tackle key issues in Scotland

11/3/24 – Pharmacist Support launches Student ACTNow campaign

7/3/24 – Boots Newsletter – March 2024

1/3/24 – PDA Regional Committee members meet to discuss the key issues in pharmacy

Thank you to all those who took part in our February competition. We can now reveal that our winners are Carol from Kent, Kiran from Leicester, and Shahid from Shipley!

Just a quick reminder that you have until this Sunday to use code PDA20 to get 20% off and free delivery when you spend £30 or more at the PDA Shop.

As part of your PDA membership, we host a number of informative and engaging events and courses for you throughout the year to support you on your career journey. Below are some of our free, member-exclusive events and courses.


General courses

PDA Reps training

CV-writing and interview skills
Available to complete until 2025
This course will advise you on developing your CV and preparing for interviews so that you can effectively advertise your skills.
Learn more.
Negotiating skills for PDA Reps
Tuesday 23 April
This face-to-face course will help you develop your negotiating skills and allow you to plan and practice negotiations.
Learn more.
Building and maintaining relationships
Available to complete until 1 May 2024
This course will help teach you how to foster workplace relationships and improve your communication skills.
Learn more.
PDA Reps – Part 1
Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 June
This course will help reps understand their role, examine key workplace policies, and explore how to develop plans to support members with a range of issues.
Learn more.
Shaping pharmacy: a development day for PDA Reps and active members
Saturday 27 April
At this event, you’ll meet other reps and discuss the issues facing pharmacists and how we can work together to tackle these.
Learn more.
PDA Reps – Part 2: Organising and Recruiting
Tuesday 16 – Wednesday 17 July
This course will help reps understand trade union organising and gain the skills and confidence needed to recruit new members.
Learn more.
Scotland member evening
Monday 20 May
Members in Scotland are invited to this face-to-face event to discuss the challenges they face and how improvements can be made.
Learn more.
Health and Safety Reps – Part 1
Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 September
This course will help you learn about the health and safety legislation and practice how to raise health and safety concerns.
Learn more.


To receive information about PDA Education events and training, ensure your communication preferences are up to date on the PDA website and keep an eye on your inbox. You can also visit the events section of our website.





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