Primary care is the part of the NHS which provides healthcare in the community. Family doctors or General practitioners (GP’s) are part of primary care, and so too are many other healthcare professionals such as district nurses, health visitors, pharmacists and a range of specialist therapists. Although most treatments for cancer are provided at hospitals, your GP and other primary care staff are also involved in caring for cancer patients.
Primary care trusts (PCTs) used to commission most NHS services and controled 80% of the NHS budget. On April 1 2013, PCTs were abolished and replaced with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). CCGs have taken on many of the functions of PCTs and in addition some functions previously undertaken by the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, primary and secondary care in Scotland is intergrated, and health care is provided through 14 regional health boards. In Wales primary care is the responsibility of 7 local health boards.