Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation Draft
What is the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a report from the Somerset Health and Well-being Board on how well pharmacies and pharmacy services are provided to the people of Somerset. It includes community pharmacies (‘chemists’) and GP practices that dispense medicines in many rural areas. It also considers whether the number of pharmacies will still be adequate in the next three years. It is written to inform NHS England in its commissioning of services from pharmacies, and whether new pharmacies should be encouraged or permitted to open in the county.
The Health and Wellbeing Board has a statutory duty to complete a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
What does the report say?
The findings - from analysis of where pharmacies and dispensing practices are, when they are open and what they offer – are that the 102 pharmacies, 20 dispensing practices and 5 branches are well distributed, open generally when people want them to be and provide a good range of services, not only the ‘essential’ services such as filling prescriptions and repeat prescriptions, but also the large majority provide additional services, commissioned by NHS England, Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, such as medicine use reviews, advice on new medicines, supervised administration and emergency contraception. These services, too, are well distributed around the county.
The population of Somerset is expected to grow by 17,000 by 2021, and is becoming more elderly, with nearly half of the growth being in the population aged over 65. That will increase the demands on pharmacy services, but there is no evidence that this growth will necessarily require more pharmacies or dispensing practices to open. The growth away from the main population centres is relatively limited and is very unlikely that new outlets will be required there. In the main towns of Taunton, Yeovil and Bridgwater, it is expected that there will be considerable growth in housing estates on the edge of town. For Bridgwater in particular that growth will include accommodation for workers on the Hinkley Point C construction project. We do not, though, think that the level of growth will require additional providers of pharmaceutical services. Similarly, the provision of additional services such as medicines reviews and emergency contraception is widespread and there is no evidence that patterns will need to change significantly.
This consultation draft has largely been drawn from official sources of information. We welcome any comments on whether the facts are correct, and whether the interpretation of their implications for current and future pharmaceutical services in Somerset is correct. It is a strategic overview, and there may be important details of access for particular population groups, perhaps particularly associated with public transport, that we have not been able to include.
We cannot expect everyone in Somerset to have very local access to every pharmaceutical service, but do want to enable the best access reasonably available given existing resources. We would welcome thoughts on the standards we have taken as ‘reasonable’ access.
Where can I find the report?
Somerset Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-21 Consultation Draft
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft BRIDGWATER BAY
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft CENTRAL MENDIP
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft CHARD CREWKERNE ILMINSTER
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft EAST MENDIP
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft NORTH SEDGEMOOR
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft SOUTH SOMERSET
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft TAUNTON AND AREA
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft WEST MENDIP
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft WEST SOMERSET
Somerset PNA 2018-21 Consultation Draft pharmacies and opening times.xls
How can I respond?
We welcome views on this draft. Please make your comments using the on-line form at:
We also welcome any public opinion on access to pharmacy services in Somerset. Please make your comments in the on-line survey at:
Please note that the quality of services is handled by NHS England, and is out of scope of this report.
If you require this information in another form please contact the Somerset Public Health team at PublicHealth@somerset.gov.uk or 01823 357266.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2015-18
The Somerset Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2015-2018 remains current until the new PNA has been approved by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board.