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The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association)

The PDA is a not-for-profit organisation which supports the needs of individual employed and locum pharmacists and pharmacy students and, when necessary, defends their reputation. With more than 37,000 members we are the largest pharmacist membership organisation and the only independent trade union exclusively for pharmacists in the UK.

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    • PDA Early Careers Network Newsletter – July 2024

      Thu 11th July 2024 The PDA

      Welcome to the PDA Early Careers Network newsletter which is dedicated to trainee pharmacists and those in the first five years of their careers. In this issue you can learn more about PDA Education's summer school, safe working environments, and how we work with others to achieve more for the pharmacy profession. You can also learn about how one PDA Early Careers Network member works to make a difference in the PDA.  

    • How to thrive in the foundation training year

      Wed 10th July 2024 The PDA

      On Tuesday 2 July, PDA Education hosted an online event for fourth-year pharmacy students who will soon be starting their trainee year called ‘how to thrive in your trainee year’. The event focused on helping fourth-year students prepare for the year ahead and the run-up to the registration assessment.  

    • PDA NAWP Network launches Spotlight on Periods

      Tue 9th July 2024 The PDA

      The latest NAWP Spotlight, ‘Period Matters’ aims to raise awareness of the impact that periods can have, both physically and mentally, on women in the workplace. 

    • P medicines for self-selection, are you concerned?

      Fri 5th July 2024 The PDA

      In 2012, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) and some other organisations successfully fought to reject proposals which would allow Pharmacy (P) medicines to be available for self-selection from open displays in community pharmacies, alongside general sale list (GSL) medicines and even non-medicinal items. 

    • PDA calls on the new government to support an NHS that is fit for all

      Fri 5th July 2024 The PDA

      The NHS turns 76 today, which also coincides with the announcement of the results of the general election. To mark the day, the PDA is asking the incoming government to invest in and reform the NHS to enhance patient care. 

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    • Insight Online – June 2024

      Tue 25th June 2024 The PDA

      This month, learn about our manifesto for the pharmacy profession in the run-up to the general election and how we are helping members following changes to their pension scheme. Plus, find out more about our upcoming member-exclusive events! 

    • Insight Online – May 2024

      Thu 30th May 2024 The PDA

      This month, learn about how we are supporting a wider role for pharmacists and find out why we can't support DiCE's best practice guidance for online prescribing. Plus, read about some of the ways you can get involved in helping to improve the working lives of pharmacists. 

    • Insight Online – April 2024

      Mon 29th April 2024 The PDA

      This month, learn about how we are defending our members by fighting the discrimination they face and how the Pharmacy First thresholds are adding pressure on pharmacists. Plus, read about some useful resources that will support you in your career! 

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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