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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) provides a comprehensive account of the commissioning environment for pharmaceutical services in Lincolnshire.

What are Pharmaceutical Services?

Pharmaceutical services are one of the many services currently provided by community pharmacies and funded by the NHS, 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 wellbeing
  • receiving waste medicines for safe disposal

Some pharmaceutical services may be provided by dispensing GP practices or dispensing appliance contractors. There are 123 community pharmacies and 64 dispensing GP practices (as of March 2018) in Lincolnshire.

Why do we need a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?

The Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board have a statutory duty to publish a PNA under the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013. The assessment is undertaken every three years. The last PNA was published in March 2015; therefore a revised assessment must be published by the end of March 2018.

The PNA reports on the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to identify gaps in current services or improvements that could be made in future pharmaceutical service provision in Lincolnshire.

Who will use the PNA?

The PNA is used by NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Lincolnshire County Council to make decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received and for the commissioning of other services that could be delivered through community pharmacies.

Where can I find the 2018 PNA report?

The final PNA document and associated appendices, approved by the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board at their meeting on 27 March 2018, are listed in the left hand navigation menu.

The PNA will cover the next three years (2018-2021) and over the life of the document it will be regularly reviewed by the PNA Steering Group to ensure the document remains up to date. Any changes in pharmacy provision may require a Supplementary Statement to be published. These statements provide a factual update of what the PNA says about what services are provided and where.