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We will keep you informed of any general developments by posting any news that is relevant to the individual pharmacist agenda on this section of the site.

  • England is only country not to issue pandemic recognition payment to NHS workers

    Fri 23rd July 2021 PDA Union

    As pharmacists and other NHS employees on Agenda for Change contracts assess the UK government’s 3% pay rate increase, the PDA is highlighting that England is the only home nation which is yet to give NHS workers a payment in respect of their contribution during the pandemic. 

  • Self-isolation rules change for NHS and social care employees in England

    Fri 23rd July 2021 The PDA

    Essential frontline NHS and social care staff who have been told to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 will be allowed to return to work in exceptional circumstances.  

  • Visit the PDA at the Pharmacy Show and CPC! 

    Thu 22nd July 2021 The PDA

    This year, the PDA will be running two panel sessions at both the Pharmacy Show and The Clinical Pharmacy Congress (CPC). The sessions will include guest speakers from two of the PDA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Networks.  

  • Government finally announces NHS pay award

    Wed 21st July 2021 The PDA

    The Independent Pay Review Body (IPRB) recommendation to increase Agenda for Change pay rates by 3% backdated to 1 April is accepted in full by the UK government. The increase applies to NHS employees in England and is likely to be replicated by the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland and Wales. 

  • Supporting colleagues taking part in Eid ul-Adha

    Tue 20th July 2021 The PDA

    Today marks the start of Eid ul-Adha ('Festival of Sacrifice') which is a public holiday in Muslim countries and one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. Here we find out more about Eid ul-Adha and how to support colleagues that are taking part. 

  • Boots pharmacists’ pay claim 2021

    Mon 19th July 2021 PDA Union

    Pay negotiations on behalf of members working for Boots are to take place this week. This is the first of a number of meetings to take place during the summer aimed at reaching an agreement in time for an increase to be paid from 1 November 2021. 

  • Black Leaders Awareness Day: 18 July 2021

    Sun 18th July 2021 The PDA

    Today marks Black Leaders Awareness Day (BLAD) which was created to enable people from all cultures to experience the wisdom of past, current, and next-generation leaders through the speeches, quotes, and videos shared. 

  • Flu vaccination programme 2021-2022: Preliminary Information and an early alert

    Sat 17th July 2021 The PDA

    The 2020-2021 flu season saw an increase in the number of flu vaccinations delivered by community pharmacists. It is likely that there will be a similar or greater demand this year.  

  • Ability E-Newsletter – July 2021

    Wed 14th July 2021 The PDA

    Welcome to this month's PDA Ability Network Update. This edition includes information on the Disability Confident Scheme, guidance on how to improve your mental health and well-being at work and disabled worker's experiences of working during the pandemic.  

  • Employers’ representative bodies asked to work together to maintain safety standards

    Wed 14th July 2021 The PDA

    The PDA has written to the three main community pharmacy employer bodies: AIMp, CCA and NPA to remind them of their members' responsibilities regarding safety and invite them to work together to ensure adequate safety measures across the sector in England. 

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