From 1st April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England will put together a statement of needs for medicine services in their area. This will be 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.
Have your say
To tell us what you think about medicine services in your area, take part in our consultation.
You can read the draft assessment for 2018-2021 and complete a short online survey about the kind of services that you use and need.
The survey will be open from 20 October until 19 December 2017.
How will the PNA be used?
The NHS will use 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.