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Consultation on the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022
What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?
The government requires all Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce an assessment of pharmaceutical services (those provided by a pharmacy) in its area every three years, under the NHS. The next assessment is due by the end of the September 2022. This document is called the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
The PNA is a report of the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to find any gaps in current services or improvements that could be made to improve the future of pharmaceutical services.
What are Pharmaceutical Services?
Pharmaceutical services are one of the many services currently provided under the NHS by community pharmacies and include:
- dispensing of medicines and appliances on prescription
- sale of medicines to the public
- providing advice to the public on medicines, coping with ill health or general health and well being
- receiving waste medicines for safe destruction
Who will use the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?
The PNA will be used by NHS England, City of London Corporation, and the Clinical Commissioning Group in the City of London to make decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received, and for the commissioning of other services that could be delivered by community pharmacies and other providers.
Who are we consulting and why?
We are required to consult with any patient, consumer or community group in the City of London who has an interest in the provision of pharmaceutical services.
It is assumed that everyone living in the City of London may require services provided by community pharmacies and appliance contractors. We are therefore consulting with the entire resident population and welcome the views from anyone living here or anyone providing pharmaceutical services here. Your comments will inform the final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment which will be produced by 1 October 2022.
When will the consultation take place?
The consultation will take place from Monday 9 May until Friday 8 July 2022.
Please read the Draft PNA and Executive Summary below and complete the City of London PNA Survey (there is also a printable version in the PDFs below).
Printed copies are available on request. Should you require a paper copy of the survey to be sent to you please email Public Health.