Barnet's Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2018 - 2021
As part of their statutory responsibility, the Barnet Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has released the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2018 - 2021. Healthwatch Barnet contributed to the public engagement, through promotion of the PNA questionnaire. Within the final document you can find information on:
- pharmaceutical services currently available in Barnet
- any planned or possible changes that may occur within these services
- any gaps in service provision (including future gaps)
This assessment is unique to Barnet and highlights the needs of the local population so that priorities and commissioning are specific to Barnet communities. This can be read alongside the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Barnet, the theme of which is ‘keeping well and promoting independence’. Primary care and education around self-care are crucial to promoting wellbeing and independence, and the important role that pharmacies play is increasingly being recognised.
In total 395 responses were collected from the public, of which: 83% have a regular/preferred pharmacy; 60% visit their pharmacy at least once a month for themselves; 81% think it is important the pharmacy is close to their home; and 91% said they would like to see the emergency supply of prescription medicines as an additional service.
You can read the full assessment HERE to find out more.