Since 1 April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has put together a statement of needs for medicine services in their area. This is called pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).
Pharmaceutical services include the services you get from your chemist. These are an important part of the overall health care system and help to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
The PNA is reviewed every few years. You can join in this review process by taking part in surveys about medical services in your area. The last review was at the end of 2017.
How is the PNA used?
The NHS uses this information to help them decide where to open new pharmacies in our area. It will also help to show where services are needed and limit having lots of the same services in the same area.
The PNA will help the decisions of the council and the NHS including the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.
What’s included in the PNA?
- Information about local pharmacies and the services they currently provide.
- Other local pharmaceutical services, such as dispensing GP surgeries.
- Relevant maps relating to providers of pharmaceutical services in the area.
- Services in neighbouring Health and Wellbeing Board areas that might affect the need for services.
- Potential gaps in provision and likely future needs.