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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Independent sector

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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

Organisations that are independent of the NHS, councils and other publicly-run bodies. Independent sector organisations may be voluntary and non-profit-making, or they may be private organisations that exist to make a profit. The majority of care and support services are provided by the independent sector (even if they are funded by your local council). Some health services are also provided by the independent sector, with NHS funding, so that they are free for you when you use them.

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