5 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment PDF 102 KB
One of the Board’s statutory duties is
to produce and approve the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
The purpose of the PNA is to inform commissioners about the
potential need for pharmacy-based services in an area.
Duncan Vernon and
Michael Maddocks introduced a report and gave a presentation on the
Coventry and Warwickshire
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022 – 2025. The
purpose of the PNA was to assess local needs and identify gaps for
pharmaceutical provision across Coventry and Warwickshire. It was a
tool to enable the Health and Wellbeing Board to identify the
current and future commissioning of services required from
pharmaceutical service providers. A collaborative approach had been
undertaken with Coventry. The PNA had undergone a period of formal
consultation, which closed on 29th August and a verbal
update was provided on the feedback received. Sections of the
report provided background, and the minimum requirements for this
A copy of the PNA was included within the document
pack. The accompanying presentation focussed on the service
recommendations, overall recommendations and providing an update
from consultation feedback. The key areas of feedback were:
- Opening times for
- End of life
- Smoking cessation
- References to CCG
updated to ICB in the document
- Additional note
in appendices that pharmacies do not order or deliver scripts so
any issues relating to that are beyond their control, and
additional reflection on pharmacy pressures causing unplanned
vaccination included (Phase 5)
- Numbers added to
a chart on pharmacies per 10,000 population
Questions and comments were submitted:
- It was questioned if the PNA took
account of anticipated population increases and whether the current
pharmacies were in the correct locations. It was confirmed that
there was adequate pharmacy provision now and there was the option
to undertake a supplementary PNA, if required, following population
- Further information was sought about
smoking cessation services. There were two commissioned offers, a
new one from NHS England for patients discharged from hospital and
a locally commissioned service for Warwickshire, which had recently
been reviewed and recommissioned.
- On drug and alcohol services, there
was disparity across the County for example in the provision of
needle disposal points. From feedback received it seemed that some
pharmacies were not interested. The recommendation around sharps
disposal was therefore welcomed.
- A question on needle exchange
points, whether they were in the correct locations and whether a
mapping exercise should be undertaken.
- On sharps bins, the numbers
utilising the service was currently low, but it was hoped publicity
and clarification of the service would increase uptake. An offer to
seek more detailed feedback from the pharmaceutical steering group.
For needle exchange, the core mapping had been undertaken and it
appeared that adequate provision was made, but commissioners would
keep this under review. The Chair requested a written update on the
needle exchange and sharps disposal aspects.
That Health and
Notes and comments upon the contents of the
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) as set out above.
Notes and comments as shown above upon the verbal
update on consultation feedback.
publication of the PNA subject to any changes mentioned in the
formal consultation verbal update.