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This section provides localised information on national schemes, information about your rights, what you can expect from your local NHS and your responsiblities as a patient. 

Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of continuing care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for people with ongoing healthcare needs. Find out more about Continuing Healthcare...

Emergency Planning

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 defines NHS North Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) as a Category 1 responder to a local emergency. This means that in partnership with local authorities, emergency services and other health bodies, we are part of the first line of response in any emergency affecting our population. Find out more about Emergency Planning in North Essex...

Equality and Diversity

The Board of NHS North Essex gives an absolute commitment to equality and diversity in respect of the services that we commission for the population of our local area and for our own staff. Find out more about Equality and Diversity in North Essex...

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives rights of public access to information held by public authorities. Section 19 of the Act requires the PCTs to adopt and maintain a publication scheme  and publish this “Guide to Information”.  

If an organisation handles personal information about individuals, there are a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. These include rights of access to the information held about you, and informing you of how your information may be used.

Find out more about Data Protection and Freedom of Information in North Essex...

NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution was first published on 21 January 2009. It brings together in one place for the first time in the history of the NHS, what staff, patients and public can expect from the NHS. The NHS Constitution sets out the purpose, principles and values of the NHS and a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for staff and patients alike. Find out more about the NHS Constitution...

Medicine Management

This area of our website is predominately a medicines management information source for clinical staff.  It includes information about about pharmaceutical services, the area prescribing committee, joint medicines formulary, clinical guidelines, medicine policies and procedures and shared care guidelines.  Find out more about Medicine Managment in your local area...

Phamarceuticals Needs Assessment

The Health Act 2009 sets out the legal requirements for publication of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).  This is supported by subsequent pharmaceutical regulations in 2010.  The PNA describes our assessment of the need for pharmaceutical services in north Essex. Find out more about Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment...

Projects and New Services

The NHS is busier than ever before – treating more people, quicker and to higher standards – and it’s also going through a gradual transformation.  This transformation is bringing more services to community settings such as community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and at home away from large acute hospitals.  Find out more about Projects and New Services in your local area...

Same Sex Accommodation

The Department of Health is committed to ensuring that every patient receives high quality care that respects their right to privacy and dignity.  The national Eliminating Mixed Sex Accommodation (EMSA) policy is committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation.  The EMSA principles are that patients who are admitted to hospital should only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same sex toilets and bathrooms should be close to their bed area, so they do not have to pass through areas used by the opposite sex to reach these facilities. Find out more about Same Sex Accomodation in your local area...

Summary Care Records

The Summary Care Record is an electronic record of important information about your health.   It will be available to healthcare staff providing your NHS care in England.  This means that if you have an accident or become ill and need urgent treatment when away from home or outside your normal doctor's surgery times, the clinicians treating you can have immediate access to important information about you. Find out more about Summary Care Records in your local area...

Tenders and Contracts

NHS North Essex spends its money in a variety of ways, including: 

  • GPs, pharmacists, opticians and dentists (who are all independent contractors)
  • NHS hospitals
  • Independent sector hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Other commercial organisations supplying clinical services
  • Voluntary organisations and third sector organisations supplying services
  • Commercial organisations supplying goods 

In order to manage these arrangements, NHS North Essex has its own small Commercial Services Team that works closely with the NHS South Essex Procurement Team. The team also works in partnership with other organisations to purchase the goods and services it needs to meet the health needs of the local population, in the most clinically and cost effective way.  Find out more about Tenders and Contracts in your local area...