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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. 

Strategic clinical networks

Strategic clinical networks bring together service users, providers and commissioners to make improvements on complex care pathways focused on major service areas such as cardiovascular, maternity, ch

Strategic Health Authorities

The National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professionals Act 2002 renamed health authorities in England as strategic health authorities (SHAs) and required the Secretary of State for Health to

Supplementary Benefits Commission

The Supplementary Benefits Commission was set up under the Ministry of Social Security Act 1966 as the body to administer the new system of social security entitlements, in conjunction with the new Mi

Surgeons and barbers of Edinburgh

In 1505 the surgeons and barbers of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a Craft of the Burgh and were given privileges and responsibilities around the practice of surgery.

Teaching primary care trust (PCT)

Teaching primary care trusts (PCTs) were established to address specific issues of recruitment, retention, continuing education and workforce development in primary care.

Voluntary hospitals

The origins of voluntary hospitals in the UK can be traced back to the Middle Ages, but significant interest in providing hospitals increased during the eighteenth century.