Understanding the UK care system

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Commissioning
The aquisition or purchasing of care services on behalf of a local population of people
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Eligibility criteria
The requirements or standards that must be met before a person is provided with a care service
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Informal care/sector
Care that is provided by relatives and friends on an unpaid basis, outside of the professional care system
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Independent sector
A collective term for private and voluntary care sectors
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Internal market
A 'market' in care services that was introduced in the 1990s to promote competition between statutory and other care providers
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Mixed economy of care
A care system that combines public, private, voluntary and informal sector provision. Each of these types of care are funded in a different way hence 'mixed economy'
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Private care/sector
Care services that are provided to people who are willing and able to pay for them
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Provider organisation
A care organisation that delivers care services directly to service users
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Purchaser organisation
An organisation that commissions or buys care services on behalf of an individual or group of people
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Statutory care/sector
Care services that have to be provided by law, e.g. NHS trusts
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Voluntary care/sector
Care services that are provided, free of charge or for a small, subsided fee by non-profit making organisations
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The requirements or standards that must be met before a person is provided with a care service

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Eligibility criteria

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Care that is provided by relatives and friends on an unpaid basis, outside of the professional care system

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A collective term for private and voluntary care sectors

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A 'market' in care services that was introduced in the 1990s to promote competition between statutory and other care providers

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