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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. 

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

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional regulator for all nurses and midwives in the UK.

Public assistance committees (PACs)

The Local Government Act 1929 sought to reform the administration of poor relief by transferring the responsibility to care for the poor to local authority public assistance committees (PACs).

Sanitary authority, Rural sanitary authority and Urban sanitary authority

The Public Health Act 1872 established sanitary authorities in both urban and rural areas, which were to provide public health services and appoint medical officers of health.

Public Health England (PHE)

Public Health England (PHE) was created as an executive agency of the Department of Health and began operating on 1 April 2013.