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Pension Credit Glossary Term

Pension Credit is an income related benefit made up of 2 parts - Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it's below £142.70 (single people) or £217.90 (couples)(figures correct at Nov 2012). Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who have saved some money towards their retirement, eg a pension. You don't pay tax on Pension Credit.
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Personal Independence Payment Glossary Term

From 8 April 2013, a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people aged 16 to 64. Personal Independence Payment is to help towards some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or disability. It's based on how a person's condition affects them, not the condition they have.
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Personal Assistant Glossary Term

A Personal Assistant is a person employed to help someone with their daily social care in a way that is right for them. Using their Personal Budgets, a person can employ a Personal Assistant to provide support like: cooking, cleaning, help with personal care like washing and using the toilet, driving or help with getting around, medical tasks, shopping, banking or paying bills.
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Personal Social Services Glossary Term

Personal Care Services for vulnerable persons, including those with special needs because of old age or physical disability or mental disability, and children in need of care and protection.
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Personalisation Glossary Term

Is the all-encompassing term for the Government's agenda to give people more choice about and control in the care they receive. The system places the service user at the centre of the process and allows them to choose the support they use and the manner in which they receive support.
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Primary Care Glossary Term

The part of the NHS where GP's, community nurses and other clinicians work to provide a first point of contact for patients. Community pharmacists, dentists and opticians are also part of Primary Care.
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Primary Care Trust (PCT) Glossary Term

PCTs are a very important part of the NHS, and they get about 80% of the total NHS budget. PCTs decide what health services a local community needs, and they are responsible for providing them. They must ensure that there are enough services for people within their local area, and that the services are accessible. These services include: GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists, Opticians, NHS Direct, and NHS walk-in centres. PCTs make decisions about the type of services that hospitals provide and are responsible for making sure that the quality of service is high enough. They also control funding for hospitals.
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Primary Health Care Team Glossary Term

Medical professionals who provide services from GP surgeries including GP's, practice nurses and community staff.
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Promoting Independence Glossary Term

Most people would prefer to look after themselves as much as possible and to remain in their own home. Recent guidance has challenged statutory agencies to promote such independence by ensuring that people have access to the information and services that they need. It also places increased emphasis on rehabilitation and the associated therapy services.
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Provider of Care Services Glossary Term

An independent or statutory organisation that may provide a whole range of care services for those in need.
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Post-payment Verification (PPV) Glossary Term

A process of financial audit of NHS claims. PPV is carried out by the Shared Services Partnership (SSP) in-line with an agreed protocol. The SSP is entitled to inspect records relating to NHS patients, including mixed NHS and private records relating to a patient.
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Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Service (PEARS) Glossary Term

An eye examination for patients with an eye problem requiring urgent attention that was available from the community optometrist free of charge to the patient. This service was available from 2003-2012 but has been superseded by the EHEW.
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Posterior vitreous detachment Glossary Term

A change in your eye (such as floaters) which is frustrating but does not normally cause sight loss.
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Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum (PXE) Glossary Term

Condition affecting the macular in one or both eyes, causing problems with central vision.
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Punctate inner choroidopathy Glossary Term

A type of 'white dot syndrome' characterised by small yellow/white dots or lesions which are visible in an examination of the retina.
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Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD) Glossary Term

Pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties have complex learning needs. In addition to very severe learning difficulties, pupils have other significant difficulties such as physical disabilities, sensory impairment or a severe medical condition. Pupils require a high level of adult support, both for their learning needs and also for their personal care. They are likely to need sensory stimulation and a curriculum broken down into very small steps. Some pupils communicate by gesture, eye pointing or symbols, others by very simple language. Their attainments are likely to remain in the early P-scale range (P1-P4) throughout their school careers (that is below level 1 of the National Curriculum).
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