PDA National Conference 2019, Birmingham

PDA National Conference 2019, Birmingham

05 Apr . 3 min read.

On the weekend of the 30th and 31st March 2019, The Pharmacist Cooperative went to the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham for the PDA’s first national conference in five years and what a weekend it has been. Here are some of the highlights of the conference.

Mark Koziol outlines proactive work of the PDA and their partnership with Pharmacy Support, highlighting the invaluable work Pharmacist Support does and the PDA £1 per member donation per year raised £32,992.91 for Pharmacy Support.


Mark Koziol discussing the remote supervision model being talked about by the government before pharmacy

technicians officially became professionals back in 2006!



Important talk by Mark Pitt about using #SoMe inappropriately in pharmacy and other healthcare services

Great talk by Niall Downey, Airline Captain for Air Lingus and ex-medical surgeon on how the airline industry manages errors that #Pharmacy can definitely learn from to benefit Patient Safety. Hopefully The GPhC supports pharmacists on this important issue.



Shocking comments from community pharmacists as the PDA Patient Safety survey that is going to be published soon.



The Safer Pharmacies Charter ensures we work safely and our patients are safe. Why is it taking so long for the profession to adopt this? Alima Batchelor says “if you’re in the RPS, start lobbying – The PDA knows some society members feel that their voice are not being heard” Would be great if our professional body endorses the Safer Pharmacies Charter to improve patient safety as mentioned by Helen Lewis.

This is the Protect Whistle-blowing website that pharmacists can ask Protect for advice and supporthttps://protect-advice.org.uk/advice-line/ 


Great talk again by Mark Koziol, to discuss The PDA’s work to develop Pharmacists working in community pharmacies to work with other sectors in Pharmacy as a clinical hub.


Great examples of GP surgeries working with community pharmacies in Dudley and make the best use of pharmacists clinical skills.


The outspoken ‘troublemakers’ in ‪PHARMACY trying to improve our profession for the better!

Proud of the The Pharmacist Cooperative to support & donate to Pharmacist Support at The PDA Charity Dinner


Interesting French model of Pharmacy regarding minimum number of ‪pharmacists in a Pharmacy depending on annual turnover & financial penalties for unjustified refusal of generic substitution within an official substitution directory



Great talk by Johnathan Laird as his passion for Community Pharmacy is infectious despite also working as a Prescriber in general practice and Scotland seems to be ahead of the game for this collaboration.


Interesting personalised medicine model in the USA based on genetic testing to optimise medication therapy to reduce gene-drug interactions. Great talk by Dr Lawrence Brown former president of the American Pharmacists Association



Awe-inspiring journey from Olutayo Arikawe who turned a struggling Community pharmacy into almost a community centre hub full of health promotion and services for the local deprived population in Dudley.


Ade Williams outlines importance of using commissioned services as a gateway to provide additional support and services and to change public perception so view us as clinicians


Hermant Patel telling pharmacies to embrace technology to provide effective clinical services for the betterment of their patients.


Wow! Inspirational talk by Bernadette Brown who is making a massive difference as a community ‪pharmacy contractor and using her prescribing qualification for minor ailments and turning the Pharmacy as a health centre hub.

It’s them Scots again!

A community pharmacy has purchased their own FeNO machine at great expense to manage their asthma patients

So many inspiring stories from this panel of community pharmacists. Such innovation & great service provision for patients. Seems to me that common thread is that they are all independents. Is it time for multiples to step up to the plate?

Great way to end the PDA National Conference with a story by ‪Pharmacy‘s great orator, Mark Koziol, involving a hummingbird, a worm, a cow’s dung, a tweet and a fox!

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