Swansea Bay University Health Board is under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment in accordance with the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Wales) Regulations 2013.
All Health boards are required to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) by the 1st October 2021. This will be the first PNA published by Welsh Health Boards. The Regulations require that a PNA must be undertaken at least every 5 years (or sooner if a Health Board identifies changes to the need for pharmaceutical services which are of a significant extent) by 1 October 2021.
The PNA is designed to assess the current provision of pharmaceutical services (i.e. those services that the health board commissions from pharmacies, dispensing appliance contractors and dispensing doctors), having regard to any specified future circumstance where the current position may materially change and also to identify any current and future gaps in pharmaceutical services.
The PNA assists the health board in determining applications by pharmacies, dispensing appliance contractors and dispensing doctors for new, additional or relocated premises, changes to opening hours or the provision of more pharmaceutical services. As part of this process, the health board is conducting a consultation process on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment and seeks your views on the document. The consultation period starts on Tuesday 29th June 2021 and ends on Saturday 28th August 2021.Your details and responses will be used for the purpose of this consultation and developing the pharmaceutical needs assessment.
If you would like more information about the consultation or have questions about the pharmaceutical needs assessment, please email SBU.HBPNA@wales.nhs.uk