Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021

Closed 27 Sep 2018

Opened 27 Mar 2016

Feedback updated 10 Jan 2019

We asked

The Essex Health Wellbeing Board has many responsibilities with one key responsibility being to develop and produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). PNAs looks specifically at the current provision of pharmaceutical services in Essex and determines whether these pharmaceutical services meet the needs of the population and determines if there are any potential gaps to current service delivery

You said

A contractor survey was undertaken from May to June 2017. A resident survey was undertaken in May/June 2017 of the views of Essex residents on the current pharmaceutical services provision. Once completed the results of both surveys were analysed by ECC’s Intelligence and Insight team. The contractor survey results were validated against data from NHS choices and NHS England.

We did

The new PNA was created and signed off for the time period 2018 - 2021

We will continue to assess and develop pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of the population as this is an essential component to improve the health and individuals in Essex. We have concluded that at present we have adequate choice and access to pharmaceutical services in order to meet the needs of our population.


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021

This version replaces the previous Essex PNA and supplementary statements published in 2015.

The PNA is a statutory document that must be reviewed/renewed and published every three years under the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013 No.349) and amended in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The PNA is used as the basis for commissioning pharmaceutical services and by NHS England in determining market entry applications from pharmacy contractors and dispensing doctors wishing to provide pharmaceutical services in the area.


The final report can be accessed via the link below


  • Basildon
  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Epping Forest
  • Harlow
  • Maldon
  • Tendring
  • Uttlesford


  • All residents


  • Public Health