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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 Newsletter – December 2022

    Fri 16th December 2022 The PDA

    In this December update, read about reasonable adjustments and the support available to those who need certain adjustments. Also read about 'Intersection', our newsletter that brings together news from all four PDA EDI Networks, along with tackling bullying in the workplace.  

  • Reasonable adjustments, know your rights

    Thu 15th December 2022 The PDA

    The PDA Ability Network is aware of the complexities which make understanding and accessing reasonable adjustments far from straightforward. The network has highlighted some key information and sources of support that so many network members have utilised themselves. 

  • Scottish Union Learning announce work, disability and social justice course

    Sat 6th August 2022 The PDA

    The PDA Ability Network is pleased to promote a learning programme designed to bring people together from across the Scottish trade union movement to broadly reflect on work, disability, and social justice for future action. 

  • The PDA sign the Disability Employment Charter

    Fri 22nd July 2022 The PDA

    The PDA have joined over with 100 organisations including charities, trade unions and others to sign the Disability Employment Charter, a document that provides government with a road map for change as it develops the next phases of its National Disability Strategy.  

  • 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. 

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