Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022

Start date Mon 23 May 2022, 9:00am
End date Fri 22 Jul 2022, 11:59am
Pharmacist with patient

What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?

Bexley's Health and Wellbeing Board is hosted by the London Borough of Bexley. The government requires all Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce an assessment of pharmaceutical services in their area every three years, under the NHS. The next assessment is due by the end of September 2022. This document is called the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

The PNA is a report of the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to identify any gaps in current services or improvements that could be made in future pharmaceutical service provision.  

What are Pharmaceutical Services?

Pharmaceutical services are one of the many services currently provided under the NHS by community pharmacies and include:

  • dispensing of medicines and appliances on prescription
  • sale of medicines to the public
  • providing advice to the public on medicines, coping with ill health or general health and well being
  • receiving waste medicines for safe destruction

Who will use the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?

The PNA will be used by NHS England, Bexley Council, and the Clinical Commissioning Group in the Council to make decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received, and for the commissioning of other services that could be delivered by community pharmacies and other providers. 

Who are we consulting and why?

We are required to consult with any patient, consumer or community group in the borough who has an interest in the provision of pharmaceutical services.

It is assumed that everyone living in Bexley may require services provided by community pharmacies and appliance contractors. We are therefore consulting with the entire resident population of Bexley and welcome the views from anyone living in Bexley or anyone providing pharmaceutical services in Bexley. Your comments will inform the final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment which will be produced by 1 October 2022.

When will the consultation take place?

The consultation will take place from Monday 23 May until Friday 22 July 2022.

Please read the Draft PNA (PDF) in full, then complete the survey below:

Complete the survey

Additional documents

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Out of consideration for our natural environment, paper copies of the draft PNA will not be routinely available. If you have any particular requests or concerns, please contact PNA Team Soar Beyond, email or telephone 01442 927972 quoting ‘Bexley Consultation’.