Assistant practitioners work at level 4 of the NHS career framework developed by Skills for Health. Examples of this role include occupational therapy assistant, diabetes team assistant and expert patient coordinator. They work in a range of areas, primarily but not exclusively with patient contact. In clinical areas, they will usually be managed by a healthcare professional, for example a dietitian or occupational therapist.
In the NHS Next Stage Review final report, published in June 2008, eight different 'pathways of care' were identified in order to help improve how health and social care services are delivered to patients. These pathways are more commonly known as 'care areas' or 'care groups'. The care areas identified were: staying health, maternity and newborn care, children's health, acute care, planned care, mental health, long-term conditions, and end-of-life care. Subsequent NHS service planning and commissioning have been shaped by these pathways. See also: High care quality for all: NHS Next Stage Review final report.
Non-departmental public body (NDPB) set up in 2009 to regulate and inspect health and social care services in England. Its remit includes services provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations – whether in hospitals, care homes, or people’s own homes. Part of the Commission’s remit is protecting the interests of people whose rights have been restricted under the Mental Health Act.
A legal requirement that a doctor practising as a substantive, fixed term or honorary consultant in the NHS holds specialist registration and that a doctor practising as a GP in the UK holds GP registration. A CCT confirms that a doctor has completed an approved training programme and is eligible for entry onto the GP Register or the Specialist Register.
(Pronounced 'cams'.) This term is commonly used as a broad concept that includes all services that contribute to the mental healthcare of children and young people. As well as specialist services, this definition includes universal services whose primary function is not mental healthcare, such as GPs and schools. This explicitly acknowledges that supporting children and young people with mental health problems is not the responsibility of specialist services alone. 'CAMHS' is sometimes used more narrowly to refer only to specialist CAMHS (in other words, services operating at tiers 2, 3 and 4 of the four-tier strategic framework).
This order applies to patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007. A patient subject to a CTO can be treated in the community for his or her mental disorder without giving consent.
The terms 'competencies' and 'competences' are often used interchangeably. 'Competency' is more precisely defined as the behaviours that employees must have, or must acquire, to input into a situation in order to achieve high levels of performance. 'Competence' relates to a system of minimum standards or is demonstrated by performance and outputs.
Training for some medical specialties is broken down into two parts: ‘core specialty training’ followed by ‘higher specialty training’. For most such specialties, core training lasts for an indicative two years. Trainees then compete for places on higher specialty training programmes.
Continuing professional development (CPD) refers to any learning that takes place outside undergraduate education and postgraduate training that helps a person maintain and improve their performance. It covers the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours. It includes all learning activities, both formal and informal, that maintain and develop the quality of professional work.
A dental practitioner working in a primary-care environment who provides special-interest services in addition to having a more generalised role. The advent of DwSIs has allowed PCTs to contract general dental practitioners who have developed special interests where there is local need.
Non-departmental public body (NDPB) that sets standards of conduct and practice for social care workers and their employers, for regulating the workforce, and for regulating social work education and training.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - formerly the Health Professions Council (HPC) - is an independent, UK-wide health and care regulator set up to protect the public. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC regulates the following 16 professions:arts therapists, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists/orthotists, practitioner psychologists, radiographers, social workers in England, and speech and language therapists.
High care quality for all was the final report of Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review, published in June 2008. It identified the need for more information and choice for patients, as well as the importance of partnership working and the need to improve the quality of care delivered.