The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has appointed Kate Kensington as its new head of education.

Kate will lead the PDA’s strategy on professional development for members and the education programmes for student, pre-reg and newly qualified members, the PDA has said.

In addition, Kate will further develop the training and support for PDA reps and the active committee members, helping them to build union strength and capacity.

At the PDA, Kate is responsible for leading the education strategy and will be expanding the programme offer to different sectors of members and reps.

“With 16 years of experience in trade unions and a lifelong commitment to the development of people through access to the education and training they need, Kate is ready to support and empower members to take control of their professional development and to have access to the skills and knowledge they need to get involved in their union and to shape the pharmacy sector,” the PDA has said.

PDA Director, Paul Day said: “We welcome Kate to the PDA team. Members know that the PDA has a well-earned reputation for defending the interests of pharmacists if they find themselves in difficulty.

“However, those who know us also appreciate that most of our work is about supporting pharmacists’ careers by campaigning for improvements that impact their work and helping them become better health practitioners.

“ We have provided training and development to thousands of members as they have entered the profession, and through PDA Education we will broaden our learning and training opportunities for members.”

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