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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

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Since April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board in England has a statutory duty to publish and keep up-to-date statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services for the population in its area.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) describes the needs for the West Berkshire's residents and considers current provision of pharmaceutical services to assess whether they meet those needs. It also identifies any gaps in service provision.

PNAs are used by NHS England to make decisions on which NHS-funded services need to be provided by local community pharmacies. They may also be used by bodies involved in commissioning local health services to identify gaps in relation to local priorities.

Due to the Covid pandemic, local authorities have been given additional time to update their PNAs. The new version is due to be published by October 2022.

Download the current Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 to 2021 for West Berkshire.

Following an initial public consultation, a draft version of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-2025 has been developed and is subject to a 60-day consultation between 10 June and 9 August 2022, with the following specific key stakeholders:

  • Local pharmaceutical committee
  • Local medical committee
  • Pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractors included in the pharmaceutical list for the area of the health and wellbeing board
  • Dispensing doctors included in the dispensing doctor list for the area of the health and wellbeing board, if any
  • Pharmacy contractors that hold a local pharmaceutical services contract with premises that are in the health and wellbeing board's area
  • Healthwatch, and other local patient, consumer, community groups
  • Local NHS trusts/NHS foundation trusts
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement, and neighbouring health and wellbeing boards 

Icon for pdf Draft version of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-2025 [4MB]

Once approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board, the final version of the PNA will be published on this page in October 2022.

The final version of the PNA has now been approved and available to download here: Link to West Berkshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-2025

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