West Sussex Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

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What is a PNA?

Since 1 April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has had a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services of the population within its area. This is referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The PNA:

  • looks at the current provision of pharmaceutical services across the West Sussex HWB area;
  • assesses whether service provision meets the current and future needs of the population and;
  • identifies any potential gaps to service delivery.

The PNA is a key document which is used by:

  • NHS England to inform decisions about applications for new, or changes to existing pharmaceutical services, and the commissioning of NHS-funded services that can be provided by local community pharmacies.
  • Local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) when commissioning services to meet local health needs and priorities.

Consultation: Have Your Say about the West Sussex draft PNA

The West Sussex draft PNA has been published and you are invited to read and give your feedback or comments on it. The draft can be found in the supporting documents below. Feedback provided will be considered for the final PNA, prior to its publication in February 2018. All responses are confidential and no personal identifiable information will be used in the report.

The draft PNA consultation will be available from Friday 1 September 2017 until Sunday 5 November 2017.

The best way to comment is by completing the online consultation survey. You can access it with this link:

  • Note that the consultation is now closed.

If you have any queries or wish to request a free of charge paper copy of the draft PNA, please contact:

You can access the previous PNA and supplementary statements on the West Sussex County Council website.