We want to make sure the language we use on this website is clear and easy to understand, and we have created this glossary to explain some of the words and terms which are commonly used to describe our local health and care services.

You can suggest new words or terms to be added to our glossary using the form at the bottom of the page.

  • Acute

    Acute care is a where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery.  In medical terms, care for acute health conditions is the opposite of chronic care, or longer-term care.
  • Clinical

    Clinical care means the treatment and care patients receive from our health services.
  • Clinical Commissioning Group

    Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are local NHS bodies responsible for deciding which health services are required to meet the needs of their populations, and then planning, funding and monitoring those services from NHS providers.
  • Commissioners

    Commissioners are the organisations that plan, agree, procure, fund and then monitor our health and social care services. Our commissioners in Northamptonshire include Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Northamptonshire County Council and NHS England.
  • Commissioning

    Commissioning is the continual process of planning, agreeing, procuring, funding and then monitoring our health and social care services.
  • Community health services

    Community health services are NHS services provided outside hospital and at home, including community nursing, health visiting and mental health care.
  • Contracts

    Contracts are the formal agreements which determine the services our health and care providers deliver.
  • Hyper-acute

    The most urgent cases of acute care.
  • Inpatient

    Inpatient care is provided to patients during a stay in hospital.
  • KGH

    Kettering General Hospital
  • NGH

    Northampton General Hospital
  • NHCP

    Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership
  • Outcomes

    Health and care outcomes are what happen as a result of a medical condition or the treatment or care a person receives. This could mean whether an illness gets better or worse, or it could mean how satisfied someone is with their treatment or care.
  • Pathway

    A care pathway is a step-by-step procedure or roadmap which determines how a particular condition or conditions should be treated.
  • Primary care

    Primary care is usually the first point of contact for health care. It is mainly provided by GPs (doctors' surgeries), but it also includes community pharmacies, dentists and optometrists (eye health).
  • Primary Care Network

    Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are local collaborations of GP practices, organised by the practices themselves to ensure that together they are better equipped to meet the health and wellbeing needs of their populations.
  • Social care

    Social care is the care and support offered to people in need, including older people, at home or in care homes.
  • Social prescribing

    Social prescribing is a way of referring people with mental and physical health problems to a range of local, non-clinical services to help them take greater control of their health and wellbeing. Activities are often provided by voluntary and community organisations and can include leisure activities, social groups, exercise and healthy lifestyle advice and support
  • Specialist

    Specalist or specialty care is the care and treatment provided for specific conditions or groups of conditions. There are many different types of specialist care, but examples include cardiology (the treatment of heart disorders) and dermatology (the treatment of skin conditions).
  • Stakeholder

    Our stakeholders are the individuals, groups or organisations with a particular interest in our health and care services. Examples of our stakeholders are MPs, local councillors, patient and service-user advocacy groups, voluntary and charitable organisations, staff groups, partner organisations and many more.
  • Transformation

    Transformation means the improvements we plan to make - and are already making - to our health and care services by working together differently as a Partnership.
  • Transient ischaemic attack

    A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.
  • Workstream

    Our workstreams are the different areas of activity that make up our Partnership work.
If there are any words or terms on this website which you don't understand and think should be added to the glossary, please let us know using the suggestion form above.
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