Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

What is the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statement of needs for pharmaceutical service provision within the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) area. 

Pharmaceutical services include the majority of services provided by community pharmacies, as well as services provided from dispensing appliance contractors and dispensing GPs.


The 2013 Pharmaceutical Regulations require the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every three years, with the first PNA to be prepared by the 1st April 2015. The PNA 2018 was completed in March 2018.

The PNA will be used by NHS England to determine applications from providers to offer pharmaceutical services. In addition, it will be used by the Clinical Commissioning Group and the local authority to consider services that may be provided from pharmaceutical service providers to reduce health inequalities, improve access, and improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

View the PNA Supplementary Statements

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