Key to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Wiltshire is the health and wellbeing Joint Strategic Assessment for Health and Wellbeing (HW JSA) which describes the future health, care and wellbeing needs of local populations and the strategic direction of service delivery to help meet those needs. The HW JSA underpins the production of the health and wellbeing and inequalities strategies and is also central to communicating with Wiltshire’s Area Boards to assist with prioritising and making commissioning decisions.
NHS Wiltshire’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which has been written to meet the requirements set out by the National Health Service Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendments) Regulations 2010. The regulations required Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to prepare and publish a PNA by 1st February 2011. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a key tool for identifying what is needed at a local level to support the commissioning intentions for pharmaceutical services and other services that could be delivered by community pharmacies and other providers. It will enable NHS Wiltshire to undertake a number of commissioning and regulatory functions in relation to the provision of high quality pharmaceutical services for its population. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment maps current provision, assesses local need and identifies any gaps in provision.