Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022

Hartlepool HWB Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022

Every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is required to publish a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services in its area and keep this up to date. Hartlepool Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) published its second Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) on 23rd March 2018. The statutory requirement to publish a renewed assessment was suspended until 1st October 2022 due to pressures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hartlepool HWB PNA for 2022 is now published.

Click on this link to view it Hartlepool HWB PNA 2022.

The PNA includes a description of all the pharmaceutical services currently available in the HWB area from community pharmacies and other providers and identifies any potential need for improvement or better access in the future.

The PNA is used by NHS England and NHS Improvement to guide the commissioning of pharmaceutical services. For example, it is used to determine applications to open a new pharmacy, or for an existing pharmacy to change their opening times. The PNA may also be used to inform the commissioning of services from pharmacies by Hartlepool Borough Council and the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board.

The HWB is also required to keep the PNA up to date. A new assessment would need to be produced as soon as reasonably practicable after identifying changes to the need for pharmaceutical services which are of a significant extent and by 1st October 2025 at the latest.

The HWB will also keep the PNA up to date by

  • publication of a Supplementary Statements, if required, when changes to pharmaceutical services take place, (e.g., location, opening hours, services) that are not so significant as to require a full new assessment and
  • maintaining the map of pharmaceutical services available in the HWB area.

Supplementary Statements to the PNA 2022

Any Supplementary Statements issued by Hartlepool HWB will be published here thereby becoming part of the PNA for the area.

Map of pharmacies in the Hartlepool HWB area

A map of providers of pharmaceutical services in the Hartlepool HWB area is included in the PNA 2022. Should there be any change to the map, this will be published here.