Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statutory document that assesses the pharmaceutical needs of the local population. This includes dispensing services as well as public health and other services that pharmacies may provide.
The NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, effective from 1 April 2013, require each Health and Wellbeing Board to:
- Publish a PNA every three years.
- 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.
The PNA identifies what pharmaceutical services are currently available in the area and where services are likely to be needed in the future, because of changes to the health or demographics of the population.
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a key tool for the NHS England and local commissioners, to support the decision making process for pharmacy applications and to ensure that commissioning intentions for services that could be delivered via community pharmacies, in addition to other providers, are incorporated into local planning cycles.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Supplementary Statements
A Supplementary Statement records changes to the provision of pharmacy services after the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment has been published.
Supplementary Statements are issued for opening or closure of pharmacies, change of opening hours or when there are pharmaceutical needs assessment changes that are minor and would be relevant for granting of applications. Once issued, a supplementary statement becomes part of the PNA.