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