Do current pharmaceutical services meet the needs of Calderdale?
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council is in the process of producing a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2018-2021. This is a statutory Health and Wellbeing Board responsibility, as set out in the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013.
The PNA sets out a statement of pharmaceutical services currently provided and assesses whether current provision meets the needs of the local population. This will then be used by NHS England in considering applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy, or to commission additional services from a pharmacy. The PNA will also be used by the Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Authority when reviewing relevant service commissioning arrangements.
As part of the development process, we are required to make a draft of the PNA available for local health partners to comment on ahead of publication by 1st April 2018. The draft PNA is now available on the Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council website, along with a consultation response form to collect your comments and feedback. Both the PNA document and response form can be found by accessing this link: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/socialcare/health/index.html .
The consultation will open on 20th December and will remain open until 18th February.