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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.


  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022

    Thu 19th May 2022 The PDA

    Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which aims to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion to better support those with disabilities/impairments. 

  • Ability Newsletter – March 2022

    Tue 29th March 2022 The PDA

    In this March update, read about a recent research report that suggests practical steps to reduce inequalities in staff recruitment and career progression. Also, a member shares his experience of working as a partially sighted pharmacist and we find out more about 'Access to Work' - a government scheme that can pay for extra support to help you stay or start work.  

  • Ability Newsletter – November 2021

    Wed 24th November 2021 The PDA

    Welcome to this month's PDA Ability Network update. This edition includes information on discrimination and the Equality Act 2010, the challenges of overprescribing for patients with learning disabilities, and a look at the Disability Summit 2021.  

  • 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. 

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