The Enfield Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) had developed a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). A PNA is a process which assesses the current and future needs of pharmaceutical services in an area. It is a statutory responsibility of HWB to develop PNA, as set out under the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 and amended in 2014.
The purpose of the PNA is to plan for the commissioning of pharmaceutical services and to support the decision-making process in relation to new applications or change of premises of pharmacies. It does not directly impact on GPs and services provided by NHS Hospitals.
As such, it is required to cover the following:
- what services are necessary to meet the needs of the local population
- which services have improved and/or have better access since the publication of the last PNA
- what provision is currently available, highlighting any immediate or future gaps in services
- any impact other NHS services have on pharmaceutical services
- how the assessment was carried out and the resulting conclusions.
A PNA is used by the NHS England to consider applications to open a new pharmacy, change of premises of pharmacies and to commission additional services from pharmacy. The document will also be used by service commissioners to inform local commissioning strategy within Enfield and may act as a reference source for existing pharmaceutical services contractors who may wish to change the services they provide and/or by potential new entrants to the market.