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Wirral Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Since 1st April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England have had the statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as its pharmaceutical needs assessment, or PNA for short. The PNA presents a picture of pharmaceutical service provision, reviewing access, range and adequacy of service provision and choice of provider to build on the sectors capacity and capability to help address health inequalities and support self-care in areas of greatest need. Our PNA and related content is available below

Update December 2017 (Previous updates May and November 2017)

New Wirral Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment from April 2018 - now reaches review of the draft NEW pna 2018 - 2021
Legislation (view here) requires Wirral’s Health & Wellbeing Board to produce the next generation of its local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which is a legal, comprehensive, assessment of the current and future needs of local people for community pharmacy services. Wirral’s current PNA can be viewed here.

The PNA is used to inform community pharmacy commissioning decisions by Local Authorities, NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

To help inform the next generation PNA from 2018 we have sought to develop an accurate and up-to-date overview of the use and access to pharmacy services that serve Wirral residents.

Wirral Council’s Intelligence Service and Public Health Team have led the refresh of the current PNA leading to the circulation of draft new PNA from Tuesday 5th December 2017 for its regulatory consultation period with the final published version to be available by April 2018. 

View the draft PNA 2018 - 2021 and survey link to leave your comments 

Community Pharmacy Contract funding changes 2016/17 and 2017/18

On 20th October 2016 the Government imposed a two-year funding package on community pharmacy, with a £113 million reduction in funding in 2016/17. This will take total funding to £2.687 billion for 2016/17. This is a reduction of 4% compared with 2015/16, but it will mean that contractors will see their funding for December 2016 to March 2017 fall by an average of 12% compared with November 2016 levels. This will be followed by a reduction in 2017/18 to £2.592 billion for the financial year, which will see funding levels from April 2017 drop by around 7.5% compared with November 2016 levels. Further information.

Community Pharmacy Contract future changes as a consequence of NHS efficiency savings

Previous information at discussion stage - Access Royal Pharmaceutical Society response

Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS)

On 20th October 2016, as part of the two-year final funding package imposed upon community pharmacies in England, the Department of Health (DH) confirmed the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS), with the stated aim of ensuring that a baseline level of patient access to NHS community pharmacy services is protected. DH states that the PhAS will protect access in areas where there are fewer pharmacies with higher health needs, so that no area need be left without access to NHS community pharmaceutical services. Qualifying pharmacies will receive an additional payment, meaning those pharmacies will be protected from the full effect of the reduction in funding from December 2016. The DH guidance on Pharmacy Access Schemes provides detailed information on the scheme.

Latest on Wirral's PNA

PNA published (March 2015)

Wirral's latest Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (2015 to 2018) is now available to view.

This second local PNA, ratified by Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board, replaces the original PNA produced by Wirral PCT in  2011.

Background information

What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment or PNA?

In 2009 the Health Act placed a requirement on all PCTs to produce and publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment by February 2011, designed to supplement JSNAs.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) presents a picture of pharmaceutical service provision, reviewing access, range and adequacy of service provision and choice of provider to build on the sectors capacity and capability to help address health inequalities and support self-care in areas of greatest need.

Both Wirral's previous and new PNA are available on this page and since April 2013 the publication of changes, developments and its future re-production and publication are the local authority’s responsibility on behalf of Wirral's Health and Wellbeing Board.

Why do we have PNA?

The PNA is an assessment of need of a type of service rather than a service provided by a particular type of contractor. It is important to recognise that pharmaceutical services can be provided by Dispensing Doctors, Dispensing Appliance Contractors, Local Pharmaceutical Service Contractors as well as Community Pharmacies

  • A systematic approach has been taken to identify pharmaceutical need based on
  • Access to pharmaceutical services
  • Adequacy of Service
  • Provision linked to the JSNA priorities

Why is this relevant?

PNAs are used by the local NHS Commissioning Board to make decisions on which NHS funded services need to be provided by local community pharmacies and other providers.

PNAs are also relevant when deciding if new pharmacies are needed, in response to applications by businesses, including independent owners and large pharmacy companies. Applications by applicants and existing NHS contractors can be open to legal challenge if not handled properly.

As a consequence it is important to have an up to date and localy relevant PNA

What are the recent PNA developments?

Since 1st April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England have had the statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as its pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

Wirral's Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB), in conjunction with Wirral Council,  have a legal duty to have checked the suitability of existing PNAs, compiled by primary care trusts (PCTs), and continue to publish any supplementary statements explaining any changes through new or changed local service provision. 

HWBs  ensure that the NHS Commissioning Board and its Area Teams have access to the PNA.

Producing a new PNA document by 1st April 2015

Each HWB had to publish its own revised PNA for its area by 1st April 2015. This required board-level sign-off and a period of public consultation beforehand. 

This new PNA, for 2015 to 2018, is available to view.

Background documents to PNA

Current PNA documents for Wirral

The following documents represent the latest published information and include

Wirral's new PNA (2015 to 2018)

Wirral's previous PNA (2011 to 2015)

Supplementary Statements (see below)

Local Service and Pharmacy maps - refer to PNA (2015 to 2018) pages 18, 20 and 82 to 87

Current map of pharmacy contractors  and legend of providers are both within the full list of pharmacy providers in Wirral (view in conjunction with service provision maps in current PNA and supplementary statements below)

Please note: The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is subject to development through the supplementary statements therefore the operational PNA content will be subject to ongoing update. This means maps and corresponding legends may show small differences to latest PNA content.

If you have a comment, query or suggestion please email wirralintelligenceservice@wirral.gov.uk 


Supplementary Statements (completed)


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