Particular challenges reported in achieving this included perceived lack of engagement from many local stakeholders, PCTs appearing not to take some stakeholder views into account, and apparent PCT perceptions of it being a low-priority exercise to be completed with minimum resource expenditure or implications. Other challenges included changes in
local service provision during PNA development, assessing cross-border effects of services in other localities, and incomparable variation in 17-AAG concentration the structure and content of PNAs. All participants expressed the view that PNAs had not been as effective as intended. A key reason for this seemed to be that pharmaceutical needs had often not been assessed in a consistent way, if they were assessed at all. Other reasons included that PNAs tended not to align well with Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and that their intended purpose had been undermined by the number of applications accepted under the former exemptions from the control of entry regulations (e.g. 100-hour pharmacies and internet pharmacies). Most participants expressed that the broad public health remit and membership of the new HWBs should mean that they develop
more robust PNAs in the current review process Veliparib and make more effective use of them than PCTs were perceived to have done. The findings suggest that PNAs may not have been as fit for purpose as intended, although the small sample size of key stakeholders is Thymidylate synthase acknowledged. Awareness of the reasons for them not being as fit for purpose as intended among stakeholders may lead to greater local engagement with the current process of reviewing PNAs. This may ensure that they are better aligned with JSNAs and that a robust and consistent approach to PNA development is employed. 1. Elvey R, Bradley F, Ashcroft D, Noyce P (2006). Commissioning services and the new pharmacy contract: (1) Pharmaceutical
needs assessments and uptake of new pharmacy contracts. Pharmaceutical Journal, 277: 161. 2. Pope C, Ziebland S, Mays N. Qualitative research in healthcare: Analysing qualitative data. British Medical Journal 2000; 320: 114–116. R. Noor, D. James Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK A small-scale exploratory study to investigate the public’s views about the concept of registration with a community pharmacy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve individuals using a purposive sampling framework. Thematic analysis identified four key themes relating to the community pharmacy, the pharmacist, impact of patient registration and access to information where barriers and facilitators to each were expressed. In general, positive feedback was captured when the details of a proposed model of registration was described to participants. Patient registration can be described as the process of obtaining personal details from an individual plus their current health state when presenting themselves as a new patient for care.