– Proposed refresh – Duncan Vernon
An update was provided on the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The Health and Wellbeing Board had a legal responsibility to maintain a statement around the needs for services from community pharmacies. The
PNA assessed local needs, to identify gaps in service or unmet needs and to highlight any services that community pharmacies could provide to address those needs.
The PNA was due to be refreshed in March 2021, but in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline for publication had been extended to March 2022. In the interim, a supplementary statement would be submitted to NHS England and NHS Improvement, to provide an update and review of findings from the 2018 PNA. This statement would be published by April 2021.
Context was provided on the findings from the last PNA, notably the need to consider additional pharmacy provision in areas where significant housing development took place. To maximise the resources available and align with local planning footprints, it was again proposed to work with Coventry City Council on the PNA. This aligned with the Coventry and Warwickshire Concordat and agreements to work together on areas that would
improve outcomes for the public. The key milestones for the proposed
consultation and production of the new PNA were reported. These might be subject to change if there were further impacts of Covid-19.
That the Board
Agrees the process for Warwickshire to conduct its revised PNA in partnership with Coventry City Council, noting the potential impact of the COVID-19 response on timescales.