This term covers a range of services provided to help people maintain their independence and lead fulfilling lives. Services can be provided by councils, the private sector or the voluntary sector. Users include older people, disabled people, people who use mental health services, children, and young people. People receive these services in their own homes or in residential care, as well as through day centres.
Specialties are areas of medicine that require particular sets of knowledge, skills and experience. Once a doctor has completed their Foundation training, they can apply for training in a particular specialty. There are currently 61 specialties approved by the GMC.
On this website, a tool or toolkit is a resource that allows you solve a particular problem or learn more about a particular topic. An interactive element is often involved: for example, you may be asked to complete a series of steps, or answer a series of questions, to identify a particular solution.
A VTN is similar to a national training number (NTN), but is awarded to doctors entering a training programme who do not have permanent right of residence in the UK. See also: National Training Number (NTN).
The weighted capitation formula determines PCTs' target shares of available resources to enable them to commission similar levels of healthcare for populations with similar healthcare need, and to reduce avoidable health inequalities.