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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. 
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Area health authorities (AHAs) and Area Authorities

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 created a tier of 90 area health authorities (AHAs), which were responsible for the planning and delivery of healthcare services.

Area teams or local area teams (NHS England)

Area teams, previously known as local area teams, are regional offices of NHS England. There are 27 throughout England.

Central Council for Nursing and Midwifery and Health Visiting

The Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting was established in 1983 to maintain a register of UK nurses, midwives and health visitors; provide guidance to registrants; and handle pr

Central Health Services Council

The Central Health Services Council was established by the National Health Service Act 1946 and included several standing advisory committees (SACs).

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is a charity and representative body for all directors of adult social services in England.

Audit Commission

The Audit Commission was set up in 1983 as a public corporation. It oversaw the auditing of councils, NHS bodies from 1990 and other local public services in England.