Needs assessments

The Board are responsible for producing Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments for Norfolk.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at:

  • The health and wellbeing of the local population
  • The current and future health and care needs of the local population
  • Opportunities for preventing ill health in the local area

We use this information to help us plan local health and care services and build our Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

View the JSNA

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) gives use a picture of current pharmaceutical services across our area. It helps us to identify gaps in those services and ways services could be improved.

Pharmaceutical services are services provided by community pharmacies on behalf of the NHS. They include:

  • Dispensing of medicines and appliances on prescription
  • Sale of medicines to the public
  • Providing advice to the public on medicines, coping with ill health, and general health and wellbeing
  • Receiving waste medicines for safe destruction


We're required to produce a PNA for Norfolk every three years. We consult widely to draw up the assessment. This includes consulting with GPs, pharmacists, and the public.

We ran a consultation on the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 from 20 June to 19 August 2022. Feedback from this consultation will information the final PNA, which is due to be published on 1 October 2022.

Read the consultation documents

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