Pharmacies play a key role in providing quality healthcare, providing a wide range of health advice, information and treatment.
Since 2013 every Health and Wellbeing Board in England has had a statutory responsibility to publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). This assessment supports the commissioning of pharmacy services based on local priorities. It's a tool that may also be used by NHS England to decide whether there is a need for new pharmacies in an area.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA) are used to keep an up to date record of local pharmaceutical services (including community pharmacies, dispensing doctors and appliance contractors). The needs assessment can identify any unmet needs and suggest how gaps can be addressed. The process enables local decision makers to best target available funding and resources and shape the future of service provision.
Shropshire residents and organisations are encouraged to provide feedback on experience of using pharmacy services, to help shape the future of pharmacy services in the county.
The public consultation will run from 2 August to midnight on 30 September.