Darlington Health and Wellbeing Board Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The PNA document 2015-18 [pdf document 5.6MB]

What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?

  • A statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services in the Health and Wellbeing Board area.
  • A PNA should identify what is needed at a local level to guide current and future commissioning of pharmaceutical services.
  • It should also provide a picture of what pharmaceutical services an area already has

Why do we need a PNA?

  • It is a statutory document.
  • This is the first PNA to be completed since Health and Wellbeing Boards were established and responsibility was transferred to them to write a PNA.
  • In accordance with regulations, the document must be fully revised every three years, and updated with supplementary documents as circumstances change.

How should it be used?

  • The PNA should be used as a framework for commissioners when considering what pharmaceutical services Darlington may need.
  • The PNA links with the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) and should be used alongside each other to support the delivery of local Health and Wellbeing strategies.