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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statutory requirement in accordance with the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

It is a statement of the needs of the population of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole in relation to pharmaceutical services. The PNA is a key tool for identifying commissioning intentions for pharmaceutical services and supporting regulatory functions in relation to the provision of high-quality pharmaceutical services for the population.

The PNA:

  • Describes the current services available across the county;
  • Looks at the need for pharmaceutical services in the area; and
  • Makes recommendations for the future provision of pharmaceutical services.

The Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Board hold the statutory responsibility for the PNA. In accordance with statutory requirements set out in the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 the two boards are currently collaborating to produce the new PNA.

We would like your feedback on the draft PNA which has been produced for the period 2018-2021. To respond to the consultation please read the Draft PNA 2018 document and share your feedback via the survey. Hard copies are available on request please contact natasha.miles@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 01305 225991.

Formal consultation on the draft PNA for 2018-2021 ran from 20th November 2017 to 29th January 2018. The results of this consultation will be considered when producing the final needs assessment document. A report on the consultation findings will be published with the final PNA document, by the end of March 2018.

The consultation draft associated documents are available below:

Dorset Bournemouth Poole
Appendix I Christchurch profile Appendix F Bournemouth Central profile Appendix N Poole Bay profile
Appendix J Dorset West profile Appendix G Bournemouth East profile Appendix O Poole Central profile
Appendix K East Dorset profile Appendix H Bournemouth North Profile Appendix P Poole North profile
Appendix L Mid Dorset profile
Appendix M North Dorset profile
Appendix Q Purbeck profile
Appendix R Weymouth & Portland profile

The current PNA for the whole of Dorset, published in April 2015 and agreed by Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Boards is available below:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) – April 2015

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) – locality profiles

Public Health Dorset PNA profiles (Appendices D-P) for each locality across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Dorset Bournemouth Poole
Christchurch PNA profile Bournemouth Central PNA profile Poole Bay PNA profile
Dorset West PNA profile Bournemouth East PNA profile Poole Central PNA profile
East Dorset PNA profile Bournemouth North PNA profile Poole North PNA profile
Mid Dorset PNA profile
North Dorset PNA profile
Purbeck PNA profile
Weymouth and Portland PNA profile

Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Strategy

A landmark strategy to tackle alcohol and drug use across Dorset was launched in June 2016.

The Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Strategy 2016-2020 seeks to improve people’s wellbeing, increase their chances of recovery from substance misuse, and help ensure they are safe.

It brings together agencies involved in dealing with the effects of alcohol and other drugs in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to recognise people’s use of substances and promote a balanced relationship with alcohol and drugs, while working to improve life for people and communities affected by substance misuse.

All partners have agreed to the following four principles:

  • Build services around the need of the service user, their families and the wider community
  • Focus on areas of demographic and geographic need
  • Work in partnership to make the best use of all resources in our communities
  • Share appropriate information for the benefit of service design and service user support

The work is led by the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Governance Board, which includes partners such as Public Health Dorset, councils, NHS, Dorset Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and treatment services.
Dr David Phillips, director of Public Health Dorset, said:

“Most people in Dorset drink alcohol within recommended guidelines, don’t use illegal substances, and don’t suffer any significant personal harm as a result. But the misuse of alcohol and other drugs continues to cause considerable harm to families and communities across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

“This is about all the people working in the area coming together to agree how we’re going to tackle local issues linked to alcohol and drugs together. Our aim is for people living across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to have a balanced attitude to alcohol and other drugs, and we have an ambition for sustained recovery, reducing harm to individuals and the wider community.

“The issues people face today are not those of ten or twenty years ago. There are new substances, such as ‘legal highs’, new supply routes, including the internet and ‘head shops’, and new patterns of use and problems associated with more established substances, including problems with heroin and alcohol becoming more common among older people.

“With all agencies represented by the strategy facing financial pressures in the next four years, more will need to be done to work together smarter. This will mean taking a fresh look at problems and potential solutions, and making difficult decisions about priorities for investment.”

Read the Alcohol & Drugs Strategy blog June 2016

Annual Director of Public Health Report

The latest report is now available: Annual Director of Public Health Dorset Report 2017

Previous versions of this report are listed below:

2016 – Annual Director of Public Health Report

2015 – Annual Director of Public Health Report

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