local healthcare co-operative

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local healthcare co-operative

A term used primarily in Scotland for a group of primary care professionals who collaborate to develop services and offer consistent and fair provision of care to patients in a local area. LHCCs were introduced in 1999, are part of the organisation of primary care trusts (PCTs), and managed according to local needs and circumstances.

Objectives of LHCCs
• Identify local healthcare needs in partnership with public health planning and develop primary care services to meet patient needs within a defined level of resources devolved from the PCT;
• Promote development of extended primary care teams;
• Promote equity of access to primary care services for all patients covered by the LHCC;
• Support:
     – Development of member practices,
     – Clinical quality and standards,
     – Clinical governance within the PCT, and
     – Development of those delivering the services through education training, research and audit;
• Work with other agencies to improve the health of the local population.