Public Health

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

A Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) contains information about current pharmacies in the local area and the services they provide - for example, dispensing, healthy living advice, emergency contraception. It also includes information about the local population, their current needs and what their needs might be in the future.

The PNA is used by the NHS to make decisions around what NHS-funded services should be provided by pharmacies. It is also be used when deciding if new pharmacies are needed in an area. It aligns with other plans for health and social care in the local area, such as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Thurrock's most recent PNA was approved by the Health and Well-being Board in March 2018.

Contact the Public Health team if you have any queries about the PNA.

Previous Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments

The previous Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment was approved in November 2014.

Before that, a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment that covered Thurrock was produced by South West Essex Primary Care Trust in 2011.