Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA) are key documents for NHS England as they inform its decisions on applications to open new pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractor premises.

PNAs inform commissioning of enhanced services from pharmacies by NHS England. Enhanced services are services such as:

  • anti-coagulation monitoring
  • provision of advice and support to residents and staff in care homes in connection with drugs and appliances
  • on demand availability of specialist drugs
  • out of hours services
  • Where it is deemed that producing a new PNA would be a disproportionate response, supplementary statements to the PNA will be produced, which will identify the nature of the changes to services.

On 14 March 2022, the Bedford Borough Health and Wellbeing Board approved the Bedford Borough Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022.

2022 Reports

As a result of feedback received through the consultation, the Pharmaceutical Needs Analysis (PNA) has been developed.