The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-21 has recently been published on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services within the district. Pharmaceutical services are provided from Pharmacies, Dispensing Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Local Pharmaceutical Services.

PNAs are primarily used by NHS England to determine whether to approve the opening of new pharmacies in an area and may be used by Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities to inform commissioning decisions.

The PNA includes the following information:

  • The demography of the area and related maps.
  • Whether there is sufficient choice with regard to obtaining pharmaceutical services in the area.
  • Area profiles with insights into the health burden in different areas and any identified gaps in provision or need.
  • Services provided in neighbouring Health and Wellbeing Board areas and other NHS services provided in its own or neighbouring area which may affect pharmaceutical need in its own area.
  • Future planned developments.

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