Nottingham City Health and Wellbeing Board is under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment in accordance with the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended, by 1 October 2022. 

The pharmaceutical needs assessment is designed to assess the current provision of pharmaceutical services (ie those services that NHS England commissions from pharmacies, dispensing doctors and dispensing appliance contractors), have regard to any specified future circumstance where the current position may materially change and identify any current and future gaps in pharmaceutical services. The pharmaceutical needs assessment assists NHS England in determining applications by pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors for new, additional or relocated premises, changes to opening hours or the provision of more pharmaceutical services.

Whilst not falling within the legal definition of ‘pharmaceutical services’, there may be services currently commissioned by Nottingham City Council and NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group that inform the conclusions reached in this process and may assist those organisations in considering their commissioning intentions of other local services from pharmacies.

As part of this process, the health and wellbeing board is conducting a consultation process on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment and seeks your views on the document. The consultation period starts on 26 May and ends on 25 July 2022.

Your details and responses will be held by PCC CIC, a company that is working with us on our pharmaceutical needs assessment, and shared with the health and wellbeing board but will only be used for the purpose of this consultation and developing the pharmaceutical needs assessment. Any personal data you provide will be held in accordance with their privacy policy.

If you would like more information about the consultation or have questions about the pharmaceutical needs assessment, please email .

1. Has the purpose of the pharmaceutical needs assessment been explained?


2. Do you agree that the pharmaceutical needs assessment reflects the current provision of pharmaceutical services within your area?


3. Are there any gaps in service provision i.e. when, where and which services are available that have not been identified in the pharmaceutical needs assessment?


4. Do you agree that the pharmaceutical needs assessment reflect the needs of your area’s population?


5. Has the pharmaceutical needs assessment provided information to inform market entry decisions i.e. decisions on applications for new pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractor premises?


6. Has the pharmaceutical needs assessment provided information to inform how pharmaceutical services in Nottingham City may be commissioned in the future?


7. Has the pharmaceutical needs assessment provided enough information to inform future pharmaceutical services provision and plans for pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors?


8. Are there any pharmaceutical services that could be provided in the community pharmacy setting in the future that have not been highlighted?


9. Do you agree with the conclusions of the pharmaceutical needs assessment?


10. Do you have any other comments?


11. Please select in which capacity you are responding