Commissioning services and the new community pharmacy contract: (1) Pharmaceutical needs assessments and uptake of new pharmacy contracts

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    Aim: To identify and describe (i) pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) activity and (ii) the awarding of new NHS community pharmacy contracts in primary care trusts in England. Design: A self-completion questionnaire. Subjects and setting: All PCTs in England. Results: The response rate was 74%. 90% of PCTs had completed a PNA of which 85% had used one or more resources to assist with the process of undertaking a PNA. Local community pharmacists were engaged in the process in most (92%) PCTs. Other stakeholders can be grouped into those with high, moderate and low levels of engagement. 90% of PCTs had analysed the findings of their PNA, and those who had undertaken them earlier were significantly more likely to have used the results when commissioning services (P=0.026). 116 PCTs (54%) had approved a total of 194 new community pharmacy contracts since 1 April 2005, two thirds of which were exempt from control-of-entry regulations and were concentrated in a minority of PCTs. Conclusions: PNAs have been undertaken by most PCTs, with high levels of activity in the months leading up to implementation of the new contract. Local PNAs are important to PCTs when planning and commissioning pharmaceutical services provision.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)161-163
    Number of pages2
    JournalPharmaceutical Journal
    Volume277
    Issue number7412
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2006

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