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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 

Poor Law Board, Poor Law Commission and Poor Law unions

The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 created 600 locally elected Boards of Guardians to oversee the functions of Poor Law unions (individual parishes had been organised into the unions), which included bui

NHS Policy Board

In 1989, there was a restructure within the Department of Health.

Primary care groups (PCGs)

On 1 April 1999, 481 primary care groups (PCGs) were established, replacing GP fundholders as commissioners.

NHS trusts

NHS trusts were established by the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990. The act gave the secretary of state powers to establish NHS trusts by order.

Primary care trust (PCT) and Primary care trust (PCT) clusters

The Health Act 1999 gave the secretary of state powers to establish primary care trusts (PCTs), which would take on the commissioning functions undertaken by health authorities and primary care groups

NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA)

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) was established as a special health authority on 1 June 2012 by the National Health Service Trust Development Authority (establishment and constitution) o