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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.


  • 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. 

  • Ability Newsletter – November 2020

    Wed 18th November 2020 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 member survey shows prescription charges in England regularly prevent patients from receiving their medicines

    Fri 23rd October 2020 The PDA

    The results of a survey of PDA members reveals widespread occurrences of patients being unable to afford to pay for the medicines they need. The PDA is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, a group of organisations calling on the UK Government to scrap prescription charges in England for people with long-term conditions.  

  • A PDA member shares their story: Living and working with autism

    Thu 20th August 2020 The PDA

    Living with an invisible disability makes it difficult for people to understand the daily struggle people living and working with autism face. Currently 1.1% of the UK population is on the autism spectrum which means that 650,000 people are also living with this invisible disability, and of that 650,000, only 16% of autistic adults are in full-term employment. As a member of this 16%, working full time with autism is hard. 

  • Ability Newsletter – August 2020

    Mon 17th August 2020 The PDA

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

  • PDA welcome three new inquiries into the unequal impact of COVID-19

    Thu 11th June 2020 The PDA

    Yesterday, the Women and Equalities Committee launched three new inquiries to investigate the unequal impact of the coronavirus.  

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