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Member Voice

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

  • Being a Foundation Trainee Pharmacist

    Thu 28th September 2023 The PDA

    PDA Representative, Anjuli Bali shares her experience of the Foundation Training Year and beginning working in hospital pharmacy. She also speaks about the impact that the PDA has had on her time at university. 

  • PDA members at the QE Birmingham work together to influence changes to weekend working hours

    Thu 14th September 2023 The PDA

    PDA member and specialist pharmacist, Alice Mallinder has shared how, with the help of the PDA, her pharmacy team worked to influence changes to the weekend working hours at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. 

  • Supporting colleagues on strike

    Sat 2nd September 2023 The PDA

    PDA member and hospital pharmacist, Liam Volk discusses the importance of and need for industrial action in the NHS and how to support striking workers. 

  • Worlds apart

    Fri 1st September 2023 The PDA

    In the latest member voice, a PDA member with over 30 years’ experience of working as a locum in community and hospital pharmacy shares their views on returning to the UK to practice after three decades in Australia. 

  • Being a pharmacist with schizophrenia

    Mon 14th August 2023 The PDA

    An anonymous rotational pharmacist and PDA Ability Network member has shared their experience of working as a pharmacist with schizophrenia. In this article, they discuss the stigma attached to schizophrenia along with the challenges they have faced. 

  • PDA LGBT+ Network members attend the STUC’s LGBT+ Workers Conference

    Sat 1st July 2023 The PDA

    The STUC’s LGBT+ Workers Conference took place on 27 to 28 May following new data that showed that the UK has fallen in LGBT+ rankings. Members of the PDA’s LGBT+ Network were in attendance and the PDA supported a motion calling for more inclusive care for LGBT+ patients. 

  • Supporting greater diversity in pharmacy leadership

    Mon 26th June 2023 The PDA

    PDA member, Mohammed Koli is a lead pharmacist for the Primary Care Network (PCN) Team at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) and has shared his views on the importance of diversity in senior level pharmacy roles.  

  • An award-winning student’s commitment to improving mental health in pharmacy

    Thu 15th June 2023 The PDA

    The PDA recently caught up with Adam O'Neill, the winner of the 2023 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Student Leadership Award, to highlight his inspirational dedication to improving the mental health of his fellow students and the wider pharmacy community.  

  • Education, time, and effort: facing challenges together as a community

    Thu 1st June 2023 The PDA

    PDA LGBT+ Network member, Sebastian Sarama (he/him) shares his views on LGBT+ visibility in healthcare, the stigma and mental health issues members of the LGBT+ community face. Sebastian also shares the importance of embracing diversity and acceptance.  

  • “It doesn’t make it any easier” – A queer pharmacist’s account of miscarriage

    Wed 24th May 2023 The PDA

    In this latest member voice, a PDA LGBT+ Network member shares her story of IVF and miscarriage. 

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