The Health and Social Care Act 2012 transferred responsibility for the developing and updating of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments to health and wellbeing boards from Primary Care Trusts.
Wiltshire Council is currently conducting some research into the provision and use of pharmaceutical services in the area, in partnership with Wiltshire’s health and wellbeing board.
The purpose of this is to identify the need in a specified area for pharmaceutical services. There are a number of different areas within a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment which a health and wellbeing board should consider which include but are not limited to, the demography of the area, different needs within localities, whether there is sufficient choice with regard to obtaining pharmaceutical services and likely future needs.
Ultimately a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment should enable NHS England to commission pharmaceutical services that meet the diverse pharmaceutical needs of people within a health and wellbeing board’s area.
We would very much appreciate your views on pharmaceutical services in your area and would be grateful for your assistance in completing this online survey. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes.
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