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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Primary Care in the UK

Policy, Organisation and Management

ISBN 9780230203037
Publication Date November 2002
Formats Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This important text explores the development and current context of primary care in the UK. Taking a policy perspective it discusses the management and organisation of primary care and analyses contemporary issues and debates such as incorporation and fragmentation, inter-professional working, patient involvement and public health. It is key reading for students on health policy, social policy, nursing, medical and management courses as well as practitioners and managers working in primary care, and other health and social care services.

STEPHEN PECKHAM is Reader in Health Policy at Oxford Brookes University. He is co-author of The Management of Public Involvement in Health Care Purchasing (1998).

MARK EXWORTHY is a Research Fellow in the International Centre for Health and Society at University College London. He is co-editor (with Susan Halford) of Professionals and the New Managerialism in the Public Sector (1998).

PART ONE Primary Care in the UK: The Context
Policy Perspectives on Primary Care
Primary Care: Definitions and Applications in UK Policy
The Development of Primary Care Policy in the UK
The Organisation of Primary Care in the UK
PART TWO Primary Care in Action
Primary Care Commissioning
Inter-Professional Working in Primary Care
Health and Social Care Partnership at the Primary Care Level
Patients, the Public and Primary Care
Primary Care and Public Health
PART THREE Conclusions: Directions for Primary Care.


The UK's primary care literature has been crying out for good policy and research textbooks, and this is a refreshing response to that need. It documents with great clarity, yet in meticulous detail, the evolution of primary care over the past two centuries...a valuable and well-research contribution to the literature of UK primary care. It is particularly strong in its assessment of policy context and development.' - Health Service Journal
'This book equips the reader with an extensive examination of primary care issues and will be of particular benefit to students of contemporary health and social policy.' - Maureen Beech,Journal of Community Nursing
'This is possibly one of the most comprehensive texts on primary care to date....one destined to become a valuable resource, particularly for students examining management-related issues in the NHS.' - Linda Crofts, Nusing Standard
'The book's strengths lie in bringing together in one place, and analysing in a policy context over time, so many different aspects of primary care. The authors are to be congratulated on providing a new and fascinating insight into such a complex policy arena.' - Public Health
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