primary care organisation

primary care organisation

A UK term for either a
(1) Primary care trust (PCT), which currently commissions primary and secondary health services for the people in its catchment area; or
(2) Care trust, which commissions social and healthcare services.

PCOs receive a budget directly from the Department of Health, from which they produce a five-year strategic plan to show what they will do to improve local health and healthcare.

Primary care organisations:
• Assess the health needs of the local population and match the offered services to meet those needs;
• Secure agreed levels of service with local hospitals, which are autonomous bodies with their own leadership and plans;
• Pay for local doctors and dentists, who have a contract with the PCO;
• Commission community-based health services—e.g., therapy services, district nurses and mental health services;
• Work with other organisations and community groups to improve services, tackle health inequalities and improve health.
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A poll by Pulse magazine said only a quarter of practices across the UK have notified their primary care organisation that they will be taking part in the strike.
THE North East Procurement Service (NEPS) was established in December 2010 to provide procurement services for the 12 North-east Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) which are grouped into four Primary Care Organisation (PCO) clusters.
As many as 31 per cent of GPs said they had been informed by their primary care organisation of restrictions to IVF, 48 per cent to varicose vein surgery and 25 per cent to tonsillectomy.
Sandwell Primary Care Trust won the primary care organisation of the year gong at the Health Service Journal Awards 2008.
The dominant form of primary care organisation has been the independent practitioner association (IPA), with over 80% of all GPs becoming members by 1999 (Malcolm et al.
By seeking to be involved in the local primary care organisation of the moment, regardless of whether it appeared to be to our immediate advantage or not, we have become the 'go to' organisation for eye care advice in the area for commissioners.
PEOPLE will hear about plans for developing healthcare in our area when primary care organisation NHS Kirklees holds its annual meeting.
Recent developments such as the emergence of large primary care organisations and urgent medical centres have encouraged plurality in primary care organisation.
So enjoy what remains of the summer, and expect the autumn 'return to school' to be accompanied by renewed inspection vigour from a more hard-headed and 'less local than it used to be', Primary Care Organisation.
Its chief executive, Tim Straughan, said the average earnings of NHS dentists varied greatly depending on whether they personally held a contract with their primary care organisation.
But each option has proved unsuccessful when presented to the local primary care organisation [Cardiff Local Health Board].
The programme offers prescribers clear, concise, unbiased, and relevant advice based on input from the local primary care organisation (PCO) at exactly the time they need it to help them make the best decision.

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