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Ability Network

This is the PDA Disabled Pharmacists' Network (Ability).

The network was launched by the PDA in April 2020 as part of their work to meet the demands of their growing membership and advance their work on equality.


  • Ability Network invites nominations for upcoming elections

    Mon 13th September 2021 The PDA

    The PDA Ability Network has grown substantially over the last year. In the coming weeks, the PDA will be running an election for Ability Officers to lead the network. 

  • UK Government launch National Disability Strategy

    Fri 30th July 2021 The PDA

    The UK government yesterday launched a National Disability Strategy on 28 July which may impact on the experience of pharmacists with disabilities. 

  • Employers reminded that activity must include disabled people

    Wed 28th July 2021 The PDA

    A judge has ruled that the UK Government broke the Equality Act by failing to provide a BSL interpreter for COVID-19 data briefings and the PDA Ability Network is reminding employers that they too must ensure that they consider the needs of disabled pharmacists in all their activity. 

  • 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.  

  • Working as a pharmacist with OCD

    Wed 16th June 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, to mark Men's Health Week (MHW), a male PDA Ability Network member shares his experience of working as a pharmacist with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and highlights what adjustments employers can put in place to support employees with this mental health condition.  

  • Men’s Health Week: 14 – 20 June 2021

    Mon 14th June 2021 The PDA

    To mark Men's Health Week (MHW), the PDA is raising awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. The week is internationally recognised and encourages men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices, and urges them to seek professional advice early for health difficulties. 

  • PDA IN THE NEWS: Shattering the silence on hidden disabilities in pharmacy

    Thu 27th May 2021 The PDA

    Last month, PDA Director Paul Day, spoke on the Pharmaceutical Journal podcast ‘The PJ Pod’. During the interview, Paul explained what discrimination pharmacists with hidden disabilities can be exposed to, the importance of speaking up when mistreatment takes place, and what employers need to do to accommodate them. 

  • Autism Awareness Week (29 March – 4 April)

    Tue 30th March 2021 The PDA

    To mark Autism Awareness Week 2021, the PDA is calling on employers to raise awareness, engage and understand autism and encourage their employees to learn more so that positive changes can be achieved in workplaces. The PDA is also encouraging members to reflect on what they can do to raise awareness of autism. 

  • Ability Newsletter – March 2021

    Wed 10th March 2021 The PDA

    Welcome to the latest Ability Network newsletter - the quarterly mailing that keeps you up-to-date on news, events and issues that relate to disabled pharmacists. 

  • PDA celebrates reaching over 1,500 members across four equality networks in the first year

    Mon 4th January 2021 The PDA

    The PDA is celebrating reaching more than 1,500 memberships across the organisation’s four equality networks within the first year of their activity, demonstrating the importance to pharmacists of equality at work. 

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