04 May 2022

PDA looking after the interests of individual pharmacists

PDA looking after the interests of individual pharmacists
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) is a not-for-profit membership organisation with over 34,000 members. It is run for pharmacists for the benefit of pharmacists. The organisation and trade union aims to act upon and support the needs of students, trainees, and individual pharmacists and when necessary, can defend their reputation.

Some of the PDA’s aims are to support pharmacists in their legal, practice and employment needs, proactively seek to influence the professional, practice and employment agenda to support members. The PDA also works with like-minded organisations to further improve the working lives for individual pharmacists.

Pharmacists who join the PDA have access to professional advice, PDA Plus discounts and free training programmes through PDA Education. Members can also receive professional indemnity insurance and will have membership of the PDA Union.

PDA sessions at CPC

The PDA will be running two sessions at CPC this year; 'Managing Risk in General Practice' and 'PDA members leading change for an anti-racist pharmacy sector.'

The first session, ‘Managing Risk in General Practice’, will held in the Strategy and Policy theatre on Friday 13 May at 3.15 PM – 3.45 PM. PDA Head of Policy, Alima Batchelor will be leading the session. Alima has spent the last 17 years working in primary care.

The session will allow delegates at CPC to hear from the PDA about emerging themes and how risks can be mitigated through risk identification tools.

Delegates will also learn about the PDA’s Risk Assessment Tool which is being developed from the library of casework and engagement it has received from its members. The Risk Assessment Tool will be useful for those working in general practice as well as for practices themselves to support risk management and facilitate discussions around competency and decision making.

The second session delivered by the PDA BAME Network, ‘PDA members leading change for an anti-racist pharmacy sector’, will be held in the Leadership theatre on Saturday 14 May at 10.45 AM – 11.30 AM. The panel discussion, led by PDA BAME Network members will build on the research of Roger Kline, Research Fellow at Middlesex University, and former NHS Equality Director and his ‘No More Tick Boxes’ report.

The confirmed speakers for this session are, Vice President of the PDA BAME Network, Sherifat Muhammad-Kamal, PDA BAME Network members, Shurti Patel and Hala Jawad, and PDA BAME Network Coordinator, Manuella Asso.

The panel discussion will allow PDA BAME Network members and PDA Reps to share their experiences of working in pharmacy and explore how pharmacists can work together and campaign for anti-racist workplaces in all sectors of pharmacy.

The PDA also has three other Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Networks. These networks are the PDA NAWP Network, the PDA Ability Network and the PDA LGBT+ Network. All the PDA EDI Networks provide a structure through which pharmacists can work together to proactively address and campaign around all forms of discrimination and its causes and consequences.