This publication supports local authority health and wellbeing boards to develop and update pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs).
Each health and wellbeing board (HWB) must assess needs for pharmaceutical services in its area, and publish a statement of its first assessment and of any revised version.
The information pack:
gives the legislative background
outlines what the term ‘pharmaceutical services’ includes in relation to PNAs
outlines the minimum information that must be in PNAs
expands on what the legislation says about the publication and updating of PNAs
explains the consultation requirements
outlines matters to consider when making assessments
It also includes examples of the ways in which primary care trusts developed their first PNAs, providing HWBs with an indication of how they may wish to approach their work.