As a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the responsibility to commission pharmacies transferred to NHS England. Additionally the responsibility to develop a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) for the city has passed from the Primary Care Trusts to the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB).
A Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is the primary document required to help determine the provision of pharmaceutical services in the city and should form part of the wider Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that is produced for Birmingham. PNAs are necessary to inform commissioners about the potential need for pharmacy-based services in an area
PNAs are a statutory requirement and must be updated at least every three years. This document provides an update on Birmingham’s three previous PNA’s from its predecessor Primary Care Trusts (Birmingham East and North, Heart of Birmingham, South Birmingham), with some updated data included to address inconsistencies in the previous approaches. It includes data from an in-depth assessment of needs for pharmaceutical services in the Birmingham area.
Birmingham’s 2015 PNA can be found HERE