The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) provides a comprehensive account of the commissioning environment for pharmaceutical services for Swansea Bay UHB.
Pharmaceutical services include services provided from local pharmacies, dispensaries at doctors' surgeries, or specialist appliance contractors. Local pharmacies also provide healthcare help and advice and are often the first point of contact when people are concerned about their health.
Swansea Bay UHB have a statutory duty to publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every five years, or following a significant change in availability of pharmaceutical services under The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a report of the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to identify any gaps in current pharmaceutical services. It is used by Swansea Bay UHB to make decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received.
From 1 October 2021 applications for new or additional premises will be based on current or future needs that have been identified in the PNA. These needs may be for pharmaceutical services in general or for a specific pharmaceutical service. Applications for outline consent and premises approval by doctors who wish to dispense, or dispense to new areas, will also be based on current or future needs identified in the PNA.
Applications from existing pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractors (referred to as ‘contractors’ in the PNA) who wish to relocate to new premises will also be based on current or future needs identified in the PNA. However, where a contractor needs to relocate for business reasons, for example the demolition of premises, such applications do not have to be based on current or future needs identified in a PNA.