A Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is an assessment of need for pharmaceutical services in a Health and Wellbeing Board area. These pharmaceutical services include the range of services commissioned by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) from pharmacies (including distance selling premises), dispensing appliance contractors, and dispensing doctors in rural areas. It is used by NHSE&I in its consideration of applications to join the pharmaceutical list.

A PNA considers the health needs of the population, the provision of pharmaceutical services commissioned by NHSE&I that can support health needs, and therefore whether there are any potential gaps in pharmaceutical service delivery over a 3-year period.

The PNA for County Durham links to the health needs identified in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the priorities in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Pharmaceutical Service Listing and Map