Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2017 Consultation

Closed 23 Jan 2018

Opened 24 Nov 2017


We are seeking the views about provision of pharmacy services in Cumbria.  The Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has produced a draft local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which will help ensure residents have good access to local pharmacy services.  This is a statutory HWB responsibility as set out under the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services Regulations) 2013 (SI 2013 No. 349).  The last PNA was published in 2015 and a new PNA is due to be published on 01 April 2018.

View consultation document.

Why We Are Consulting

A PNA is a document which records the assessment of the need for pharmaceutical services within a specific area. As such, it sets out a statement of the pharmaceutical services which are currently provided, together with when and where these are available to a given population. The same Regulations require NHS England to use the PNA to consider applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy or to commission additional services from pharmacy.

The HWB has established a PNA Steering Group to oversee the development of the PNA. This Group includes membership from our partner organisations, Healthwatch and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee.the Regulations require that the HWB undertakes a formal consultation on a draft of its PNA. The key outcomes for this consultation are:

  • To encourage constructive feedback from a variety of stakeholders
  • To ensure a wide range of primary care health professionals provide opinions and views on what is contained within the PNA


  • Allerdale
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Carlisle
  • Copeland
  • Eden
  • South Lakeland


  • Stakeholder organisations


  • Health & well-being