Essex Health and Wellbeing Board Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Formal Consultation

Closed 5 Aug 2022

Opened 30 May 2022


The Essex Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has produced a draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). Under the NHS Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 2013 regulations, all HWB's are required to publish a PNA by 1 October 2022.

The purpose of the PNA is to assess and set out how the provision of pharmaceutical services can meet the current and future health needs of the HWB's population for a period of up to three years. The document is then used by NHS England as the basis for determining market entry to a pharmaceutical list including the opening of additional pharmacies, relocations and consolidations of premises and amendments to opening hours or pharmaceutical services.

As part of the NHS Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 2013, the HWB is required to consult a specified range of relevant organisations* on a draft of the PNA at least once during the process of developing the document. Your comments are valuable and highly appreciated. After reading the draft PNA, please complete the below online PNA consultation questionnaire to give your feedback before the consultation close date. Your feedback will be used to inform further development of the PNA which will be published in October 2022.

 STATUTORY CONSULTATION PERIOD 30th May 2022 to 5th August 2022 

Responses received after the consultation period is over may not be included in the finding of this report.

You may request a printed version of the PNA by emailing

*The following organisations must be consulted:

  • the local pharmaceutical committee
  • the local medical committee
  • pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractors included in the pharmaceutical list for the area of the Essex HWB,
  • dispensing doctors included in the dispensing doctor list for the area of the HWB
  • any pharmacy contractor that holds a local pharmaceutical services contract with premises that are in the HWB's area
  • Healthwatch, and any other patient, consumer, or community group in the area which the HWB believes has an interest in the provision of pharmaceutical services
  • any NHS trust or NHS foundation trust in the HWB’s area
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • any neighbouring HWB, and
  • Integrated Care Boards and Integrated Care Systems for the HWB area.

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