primary care trust
- noun in the UK, the top level of the primary care group with extra responsibilities such as direct employment of community staff.
- (written as Primary Care Trust)PCTs are trusts (since 2002) within the English National Health Service with responsibility both for providing primary care services in their areas and for commissioning health care from hospitals and other specialist centres. They are required to develop health plans for their areas that are integrated with the plans of other agencies such as social services. PCTs have chief executives, chairs and boards comprising executive and non-executive directors.