The Health and Wellbeing Board approved Warwickshire’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) at a meeting on 22nd March 2018.
This is the second ‘pharmaceutical needs assessment’ (PNA) prepared on behalf of the Warwickshire Health & Wellbeing Board and Warwickshire’s third PNA. Since 1 April 2015, all Health and Wellbeing Boards have a legal responsibility to keep an up-to-date statement of the pharmaceutical needs for their population. PNAs are updated at least every 3 years.
The purpose of the PNA is to assess local needs for pharmacy provision across Warwickshire, to identify any gaps in service or unmet needs and to highlight any services that community pharmacies could provide to address these needs. Community pharmacies are at the heart of our communities and as such have an important role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of our population. The PNA can be used to identify and plan the current and future commissioning of services required from pharmaceutical providers including whether new pharmacies should be allowed to open or GPs allowed to dispense. It can also be an effective tool to promote pharmacy services to the population to improve the uptake of services and accessibility to health and wellbeing provision and advice.
How the PNA was undertaken?
Warwickshire has 111 community pharmacies and 23 dispensing GPs. Both were surveyed to understand current services and future opportunities, the questionnaire included current opening times and locations of premises; 79% and 73.9% respectively responded. Public and service user’s views were also sought; responses were received from 318 members of the public. These views have been used to develop this document. In addition, the health and well-being needs of the local population were examined from the Warwickshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and key local and national strategies. Conclusions and recommendations are drawn on the basis of this information and described in the report.
As part of the PNA process there is a legal requirement that requires a formal consultation on this draft document for at least 60 days. The consultation took place from 1st December 2017 to 5th February 2018. Responses from this consultation have informed the conclusions and recommendations of the final PNA document published in March 2018.