Thank you to those who took part in the consultation. The updated Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment can be viewed here, where you can also view feedback from the consultation. Alternatively, the consultation feedback can be found in the 'Summary of Results' section below.  


Original consultation text 

On 1st April 2013, statutory responsibility for publishing and updating a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services passed to Health and Wellbeing Boards. This statement of need is referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The PNA was published for April 2015.

It is now time to refresh the PNA and publish a revised version for April 2018. The Health and Wellbeing Board is therefore consulting with Health and Social care professionals, organisations and people that use pharmacy services. Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the PNA before a final version is approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board and published for April 2018.



Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments are used by the NHS to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies in an area and by commissioners to identify local health needs that could be addressed by pharmacy services.

This draft PNA describes the needs for the population of Kent, with more detailed assessments produced for each Clinical Commissioning Group locality.  A separate PNA will be produced by the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board.


The PNA includes information on:

  • Pharmacies in Kent and the essential services they currently provide, including dispensing, providing advice on health, collection of medicine waste and supporting public health campaigns as well as the advanced services such as medicine use reviews and support when starting a new medicine.
  • Other providers of pharmaceutical services, such as dispensing GP practices and appliance contractors.
  • Relevant maps relating to Kent and providers of pharmaceutical services in the area.
  • Services in neighbouring Health and Wellbeing Board areas such as Medway that might affect the need for services in Kent.
  • Potential gaps in provision that could be met by providing more pharmacy services, or through opening more pharmacies, and likely future needs.


The PNA will not include information on:

  • Locally commissioned services provided by multiple healthcare providers including pharmacies which are not considered to be ‘pharmaceutical services’ e.g. stop smoking services, sexual health services etc. However, it has been agreed that information about these locally commissioned services will be produced alongside the PNA for completeness.
  • Non NHS services provided privately by pharmacies such as delivery and collection, travel clinics, filling of multi-compartment aids and the sale of ‘over the counter’ medicines.


Have your say

To view the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment documents, please click here to be taken to the webpage.

To respond to the consultation please fill in the relevant online questionnaire in the 'Respond to this Consultation' section below. One is for Health and Social Care professionals and organisations and the other is for the general public. Alternatively, you can download the relevant Word version and submit it to PNA@kent.gov.uk or by post to PNA Consultation, Public Health, Sessions House, Kent County Council, County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ.


Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.


Privacy: Kent County Council collects and processes personal information in order to provide a range of public services. Kent County Council respects the privacy of individuals and endeavours to ensure personal information is collected fairly, lawfully, and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Please ensure your response reaches us by 22 January 2018. 


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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    15 Nov 2017 at 10:00
  • Closed
    22 Jan 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    30 Aug 2018


Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
Consultation Topic General interest, Children and families
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

Email :- PNA@kent.gov.uk 

Postal Address:-

PNA Consultation,
Public Health,
Sessions House,
Kent County Council,
County Road,
ME14 1XQ.