Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Southend-on-Sea Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is developing a new PNA. This is a statutory HWB responsibility, as set out under the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013 No. 349) and amended in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
A PNA is a document which records the assessment of the need for pharmaceutical services within a specific area.  As such, it sets out a statement of the pharmaceutical services which are currently provided, together with when and where these are available to a given population. The same Regulations require NHS England to use the PNA to consider applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy or to commission additional services from pharmacy.
The HWB has established a PNA Steering Group to oversee the development of the new PNA. This group includes membership from our partner organisations and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee. 
As part of the development process, the Regulations require that the HWB undertakes a formal consultation on a draft of its PNA. Taking this into account, we would like to invite you to participate in this consultation, which will run from 1 September 2017 until midnight on 3 November 2017.
The draft PNA, and associated appendices, can be accessed via the following link:
To take part in the consultation, please visit
A consultation report will be included within the final PNA document.  This will provide an overview of the feedback received and set out how the comments have been acted upon.

Page last updated: 01/09/2017