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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is the statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in a specific area. It sets out a statement of the pharmaceutical services which are currently provided, together with when and where these are available to a given population.

From 1 April 2013 every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to keep an up to date statement of the PNA.

The content of PNAs is set out in Schedule 1 to the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013. 

The PNA must contain:

  • A statement of the pharmaceutical services provided that are necessary to meet needs in the area;
  • A statement of the pharmaceutical services that have been identified by the HWB that are needed in the area, and are not provided (gaps in provision);
  • A statement of the other services which are provided, which are not needed, but which have secured improvements or better access to pharmaceutical services in the area;
  • A statement of the services that the HWB has identified as not being provided, but which would, if they were to be provided, secure improvements or better access to pharmaceutical services in the area;
  • A statement of other NHS services provided by a local authority, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England), a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or an NHS Trust, which affect the needs for pharmaceutical services;
  • An explanation of how the assessment has been carried out (including how the consultation was carried out); and
  • A map of providers of pharmaceutical services.

The attached word icon PNA [6Mb] covers these sections and has key recommendations for local pharmacy services.  

pdf icon Supplementary Statement to Reading Health and Wellbeing Board (PNA) [86kb]

Every three years local areas must check that the pharmacies serving their communities are meeting local needs. We would like to invite those living in Reading or any of the other Local Authority areas in Berkshire to complete this survey to tell us their views on services available. Thank you for taking part.

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