Reports and Dissemination

Reports and Dissemination

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

A pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) is the document describing the current strategy for pharmaceutical services in Newcastle and identifying any gaps in that provision. It  As well as providing useful information about community pharmacies, there are two main purposes of the PNA:

  1. Informing NHS England decisions on the required location and number of pharmacies in Newcastle. 
  2. Informing Commissioning Decisions by describing the health needs of the population and the pharmaceutical services which are in place, or could be commissioned to meet the identified health needs.

The most recent PNA report for Newcastle is for 2018-2021


Newcastle Future Needs Assessment

Partners in Newcastle, led by the Wellbeing for Life Board, have committed to working together through a single policy approach, called the Newcastle Future Needs Assessment (NFNA).  The NFNA provides an integrated, coherent and evidence-based means of partners working together to determine priorities in the city.

The NFNA is the way in which we fulfil our statutory responsibilities for undertaking a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment but we are also developing it to fulfil other requirements for assessments or evidence-based planning.

The NFNA aims to be:

  • Holistic
    To draw not just on statistical data, but other sources of knowledge such as the insights of practitioners and local people.
  • Participatory
    Based on dialogue and joint thinking through which people develop shared understanding of the issues facing the city.
  • Forward-looking
    To help us anticipate the future and take collective action to shape it.
  • Value-informed
    Shaped by our values, particularly those of fairness and inclusion.
  • Integrated
    To inform different levels and types of policy and strategic activity whether undertaken together or individually by partners.


Did you know?

In March 2014, we ended the most intensive development phase for the Newcastle Future Needs Assessment

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Need more information?

You can visit the Wellbeing for Life website to learn more about the Wellbeing for Life Board, and its actions, which is now led by elected members. The Board works to improve the wellbeing and health of everyone in the city, with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. The agenda and minutes of the Board are also publicly available in the council's website.

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