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Health and Social Care Board (HSCB)

A single Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) replaced the former four Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland on 1 April 2009. It will focus on commissioning, resource management, performance management and improvement. It will identify and meet the needs of the local population through its five Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs).
Further information on Northern Irish Health Geography.

Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs)

Health and Social Care Trusts are coterminus with the Local Commissioning Groups, sub-committees of the new Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), in Northern Ireland and are named exactly the same although the codes are different. The Health and Social Care Trusts provide health and social services at the primary care level. Note though that ONS Geography does not hold names and codes for the Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs).
Further information on Northern Irish Health Geography.

Health and Social Services Board (HSSB)

Four Health and Social Services Boards (HSSBs) were responsible for local health and social services in Northern Ireland. They reported to the Northern Ireland Executive and were built from groups of district council areas. On 1 April 2009 a single Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) replaced the former four Health and Social Services Boards.
Further information on Northern Irish Health Geography.

Health Authority (HA)

Health Authorities (HAs) were the intermediate level of health administration in England prior to the NHS restructuring in April 2002. There were 95 HAs at the time of abolition, reporting to the eight NHS Regional Offices. They generally covered groups of one or more complete local authorities, but there were cases where local authorities were split.
In addition there were five HAs in Wales, reporting to the National Assembly. The HAs were built from groups of unitary authorities, each of which had its own Local Health Group (LHG). These HAs and LHGs were abolished when the Welsh NHS was restructured in April 2003.
Further Health Geography information.

Health Board (HB)

The 14 Health Boards (HBs) are responsible for local health care in Scotland. They report to the Scottish Executive and are based on groups of the local government districts that existed before the introduction of council areas in 1996. This means that although most HBs cover one or more complete council areas, there are cases where council areas are split. There were originally 15 HBs but in April 2006 the Argyll & Clyde HB was abolished and the area absorbed by two existing HBs (Greater Glasgow & Clyde HB and Highland HB).
Further information on Scottish Health Geography.

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