A2.2 The characteristics of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare tiers

Qualification: T Level Technical Qualification in Health
Unit: Core
Learning outcome: A2: The healthcare sector
Assessment criteria: A2.2 The characteristics of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare tiers

  • Primary care is the first point of contact for patients and can include GP surgeries, dentists, accident & emergency departments, pharmacists etc.
  • Secondary care is based on a referral from primary care for more specialised diagnosis and treatment (e.g. radiologist, psychologist, dietitian etc.)
  • Tertiary care is highly-specialised treatments, such as neurosurgery and organ transplants

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