An ORGANISATION acting as a direct provider of health care services. A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER is a legal entity, or a sub-set of a legal entity, which may provide health care under NHS SERVICE AGREEMENTS; it may operate on one or more sites within and outside hospitals.

This definition covers a Local Authority Social Services Department working in cooperation with an NHS HEALTH CARE PROVIDER on nationally targeted and prioritised care as delivered within CARE SPELLS. Lead responsibility for such care may be solely led by one HEALTH CARE PROVIDER or jointly shared by two or more HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS each of which must share equal responsibility.

The following types of ORGANISATION may act as HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS:

a. GP Practice
b. NHS Trust
c. Registered non-NHS Provider
d. Unregistered non-NHS Provider
e. Primary Care Trust
f. Care Trust
g. Local Authority Social Services
h. Other agencies

This class is also known by these names:

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