Pharmaceutical needs assessment
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 created Health and Wellbeing Boards which took over responsibility for developing and updating a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for the local area from outgoing Primary Care Trusts.
The NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 requires the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board to:
- Make a revised assessment as soon as is reasonably practicable after identifying changes to the need for pharmaceutical services which are of a significant extent; and
- Publish its first PNA by 1 April 2015
Purpose of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA)
PNAs are key documents for NHS England as they inform its decisions on applications to open new pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractor premises.
PNAs also inform commissioning of enhanced services from pharmacies by NHS England and other commissioners. Enhanced services are services such as anti-coagulation monitoring, the provision of advice and support to residents and staff in care homes in connection with drugs and appliances, on demand availability of specialist drugs, and out-of-hours services.
Where it is deemed that producing a new PNA would be a disproportionate response, supplementary statements to the PNA will be produced, which will identify the nature of the changes to services.
Supplementary Statement for Tesco Warfield (uploaded April 2016)
Supplementary Statement for Lloyds Pharmacies (2016-17) (uploaded October 2016)
Supplementary Statement for Christmas and New Year Opening Times (2016-17) (uploaded December 2016)