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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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