A Primary Care Team (PCT) is a multidisciplinary group of health and social care professionals who work together to deliver local accessible health and social services to a defined population of between 5,000-10,000 people at ‘primary’ or first point of contact with the health service. The population served by a team is determined by geographical boundaries and/or the practice population of participating general practitioners (GPs).
PCTs provide a holistic approach to community health needs. PCTs provide a ‘one-stop’ approach and can meet or arrange the vast majority of the care needs the public will need. A typical PCT consists of GPs, nurses, home support workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. All the team’s health care professional’s work together to share information and their respective skills to ensure that service users with the greatest need receive services in a timely and coordinated way.