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September 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online. This regular mailing will keep you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work.

In this issue:
EPhEU questionnaire for pharmacists

The PDA is the UK member of the organisation for Employed Community Pharmacists in Europe (EPhEU).  Colleagues at EPhEU are researching into the experience of pharmacists across the EU with regard to regulation and working conditions and community pharmacists are invited to complete this survey.  We are hosting this survey in the UK and will pass all submission to EPhEU.
Hospital pharmacists: understand your legal rights when working on call

Due to a number of recent member queries from hospital pharmacists regarding on call working, the PDA’s dedicated legal team have produced a guidance document that covers common concerns hospital pharmacists have. The advice has also been reviewed by practising hospital pharmacists at the PDA.

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Safer Pharmacies Charter and Stopping Violence in Pharmacy discussions

Earlier this month, the leader of the conservative party in Wales, Paul Davies AM visited PDA Union Executive member Richard Evans at a pharmacy in Newport to be briefed on local pharmacy services. Here they are discussing our Safer Pharmacies Charter and Stopping Violence in Pharmacy policy.
Pharmacy Technicians Report update 
This month, the PDA released the second and third chapters of the highly anticipated pharmacy technicians report that assesses the current roles and capabilities of pharmacy technicians in the UK.
Chapter 2 - The public protection delivered by pharmacy regulation

The existence of a register of pharmacy technicians cannot be relied upon in isolation to protect the public but must be underpinned by a suitably structured career framework linked to pay banding at a significantly higher level than is currently the case in community pharmacy if pharmacy technicians are to be able to support the roles of pharmacists.

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Chapter 3 - Pharmacy technicians - initial education and training

Although 73% of pharmacy technicians on the 2017 GPhC register were admitted through grandparenting arrangements, the GPhC does not hold records of what assessments were conducted by the RPSGB as to the suitability of the qualifications of individual pharmacy technicians during the grandparenting process.

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Below is a summary of some of the latest news stories that can be found on the PDA website: 

20/09/18Well Pharmacy: Hepatitis B immunisation

19/09/18PDA respond to DHSC’s dispensing errors and organisational governance consultation

18/09/18PDA Union & Boots Update: ACAS talks end without agreement

14/09/18Hospital pharmacists: understand your legal rights when working on call

14/09/18LLoyds Pharmacy bonus payments

23/08/18PDA express concerns about Skills for Health consultation on pharmacy technician qualification units
Below is a list of our upcoming events and appearances. Book your place today to avoid disappointment. 

Visit us on stand PC56 at the Pharmacy Show

The Pharmacy Show is on 7 - 8 October at the NEC, Birmingham. Attendees will not only get access to the best speakers across the pharmacy profession, but the wider Pharmacy Show programme will also give you actionable learning and inspiration you won’t find anywhere else. The event has you covered for revalidation with 100% of sessions designed to provide you with planned and unplanned learning and a full range of peer-to-peer networking opportunities. 

View our GP Pharmacy Theatre speaker line-up here
View the Women in Pharmacy panel line-up here

What is the future for commissioning organisations?

If you are still considering whether or not to attend our free event on 15th October, we encourage you to read the Pharmaceutical Journal interview with Keith Ridge, which gives you an insight into his thinking around the future of pharmacy. The interview content raises important issues which we hope to discuss at the event next month.

Please note: You may need to log in or sign up for free one-off access to read the article if you are not a member of the RPS.

Download the event brochure here
Get organised for less with PDA’s member-only benefits
Summer holidays may be over, but that means there’s no better time to get all of life’s essentials. Take advantage of the benefits below and enjoy your member savings through PDA Plus.

Cashback on your food shopping, clothing and home improvements

With MyCashbackCards you can save at over 7,500 retailers, including Tesco, B&Q and Argos to name a few. Use their discounts to get between 3% and 8% off when doing your weekly shop, treating yourself on the high street or booking your next holiday!

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Special offer on Private Health Insurance

When you take out a policy through UK Health Insurance, your 12th month’s paid premium in the first year will be refunded*. This offer for members is in addition to offers or discounts that they can negotiate for you with the insurer you choose!*

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Great savings on your phone tariffs

Voice Mobile offers exclusive mobile phone deals on the EE network, supplying all the latest handsets while saving on average 28% compared to EE direct*. This comes with additional benefits such as six months free Apple Music, Wi-Fi calling and Data Gifting.*

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NUS extra - 15 months for just £12

TOTUM is the new one-stop-shop for everything going on in the student world.
Powered by NUS extra, TOTUM brings you a range of discounts on everything from fashion to travel to study essentials, while being a proof of ID and a key part of student life.

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*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See website for details. PDA Plus is managed and run on behalf of PDA by Parliament Hill Ltd. PDA are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting the FCA’s website at Neither PDA nor Parliament Hill are part of the same group as the providers. 

Management of Women’s and Men’s Health in Primary Care
Guildford, 9 October 2018

Four expert speakers in their fields will look at the management in primary care of ED, Prostate disorders, Contraception and HRT. Learn more

Management of Angina, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Hyperlipidaemia in Primary Care, Cardiff, 25 October 2018

Expert speakers will cover Angina, Hypertension, Heart Failure and Hyperlipidaemia. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

Management of Women’s and Men’s Health in Primary Care
Exeter, 8th November 2018

Expert speakers will cover ED, Prostate disorders, Contraception and HRT. There will case studies on all four areas and a focus on both guidelines and practice. Learn more

These events are FREE and prioritised for Primary Care and GP Pharmacists.

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