Oxfordshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statutory report that is required to be produced by each local Health and Well Being Board (HWB) every three years or more frequently. The PNA is the means by which the community pharmaceutical services in a Health and Well Being Board area are reviewed and evaluations are made as to whether or not these services are adequately meeting the needs of the population.
The PNA should inform the commissioning of essential, enhanced and advanced services from community pharmacies by NHS England, and the commissioning of services from pharmacies by the Public Health department of the local authority and by other local commissioners such as the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Moreover, NHS England has the responsibility for using PNAs as the basis for determining ‘market-entry’ to the local pharmaceutical list.