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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) public consultation 2022

Have your say on local pharmacies (chemists) and dispensing doctors in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

The Public consultation on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) closed on 5 August 2022. 


Every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory duty to publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The PNA looks at the development of pharmaceutical services in its area. It is a key reference document.

NHS England area uses local PNAs while processing new pharmaceutical service provider requests. This is in accordance with the NHS Pharmaceutical Service Regulations 2013. The decision to allow a new pharmacy is referred to as market entry.

PNAs are also used by the NHS and local authority commissioners in making decisions on:

  • NHS funded services (e.g. medicine use review service)
  • locally commissioned services (e.g. stop smoking and sexual health services)
  • and which services the local community pharmacies will provide.

The council undertook the first PNA for Peterborough in 2015. They completed the second PNA for the March 2018 Peterborough Health & Wellbeing Board. This is in line with the statutory need to update at least once per three years.

The aim of the Peterborough 2018 PNA was to:

  • describe the current pharmaceutical services within the area
  • identify any gaps/unmet needs
  • in consultation with stakeholders, make recommendations on future development.

The process was overseen by a steering group from the public health department at

  • Peterborough City Council
  • NHS England East Anglia area team
  • Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC)
  • Healthwatch, East Anglia Pharmacy Local Professional Network
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The HWB approved the current PNA in March 2018. This followed a public consultation from October 2017 to December 2017.

Peterborough PNA 2018 - Full Report3.32MBpdf
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