Suspension of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment renewals

Suspension of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment renewals

May 22, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today announced that the requirement to publish renewed Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) will be suspended for a year.

PNAs are due to be renewed and published by Local Authority Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) in April 2021. However, as most resources have been diverted to the COVID-19 pandemic response, PSNC requested an extension of the term of the current PNAs to reduce unnecessary extra pressure on local authorities and LPCs.

DHSC’s announcement means that renewed PNAs will not need to be published until April 2022, but HWBs will retain the ability to issue supplementary statements to respond to local changes and pharmaceutical needs during this time.

The NHS Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 2013 will be updated to reflect this derogation in due course.

PSNC Director of Operations and Support Gordon Hockey said:

“The update of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) can bring with it a considerable amount of work for LPCs so PSNC is pleased to have been able to gain this concession on behalf of all LPCs and their local contractors. Given the ongoing pressures of COVID-19 this did not feel the right time to be embarking on such a comprehensive piece of work, and we hope this postponement will bring welcome respite for Local Authority teams as well as for community pharmacy.”



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