Health - NHS
NHS Jargon is everywhere. Already, we have discovered 3 classifications of NHS Jargon. One
for patients & another for hospitals combined with this NHS jargon directory.
Is that what our tax payers money is spent on? - Simply forming ever more realms of categories, sub categories
and acronyms? It simply does feel like it and the NHS jargon is forever expanding into new areas of
patient care for example.
I say simply get rid of 50% of the admin staff and let the doctors dictate where the NHS funding is spent rather
than on creative NHS jargon.
Being established to ensure the National Programme for IT engages with stakeholders, such as patients, the
public, and health and care professionals.
Care Record Development Board
The Board will bring together patients and service users, the public, and social and healthcare professionals.
It will identify the values, principles and processes of care and ensure that these are taken into account in the
implementation of systems in NPfIT.
Choose and Book
Will allow patients, in partnership with health and care professionals, to book first outpatient appointments at
the most appropriate date, time and place for the patient.
A group of strategic health authorities working together by region to implement the new technology and
Endorses the reasons for and objectives of the local programme at senior management level and promotes and
supports any changes. It also ensures that benefits and desired outcomes are achieved, and sorts out any
disagreements that may arise.
Contact is a secure national email and directory service. It was developed specifically to meet NHS and BMA
requirements for clinical email between NHS organisations.
Dictionary of Medicines and Devices
The source of terminology and a common health language for medicines and devices used in healthcare.
European Computer Driving Licence
A training course in basic IT skills available to all NHS staff to help them prepare for new ways of working and
increase confidence in their use of IT. ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification that has been adopted
as the NHS standard.
Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions
Enables GPs/prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies.
Arrangements with key suppliers in the IT industry. Given its size, the National Programme can procure quality
IT services from suppliers to the NHS on a greater scale and at a more competitive rate than any single NHS
Frequently asked questions
There is a link to NPfIT FAQs on the main menu.
Front Line Support Academy
The Front Line Support Academy provides learning opportunities for staff involved in the implementation of IT in
the NHS and social care. The Academy works with staff to change and improve patients' experience of their care.
General Medical Services
The rules used to manage payments to family doctors as part of the GPs' contract.
Industry Liaison provides information and guidance to IT suppliers who would like to be involved in providing
products and services to NPfIT. It also supplies information to the National Programme on product innovations and
developments in IT.
Information Standards Board
Established in 2001 to provide an independent mechanism for the approval of information standards in the
Legacy systems suppliers
These are the commercial companies that supply the current/existing IT systems and software in use in the NHS.
Also known as existing systems suppliers.
A NPfIT management group and individual project teams have responsibilities
for implementation in each SHA. They coordinate and manage the progress of the programme by dealing with a
variety of issues, including progress monitoring, problem solving, risk management, planning, good practice and
Local Service Providers
Responsible for making sure the new systems and services delivered through the NPfIT meet local requirements and
are implemented efficiently.
Created as part of the NHS Plan to help local clinicians and managers redesign local services around the needs
and convenience of patients.
The National Network
The new fast, broadband communications network for the NHS. N3 is delivered by BT and replaces the existing
private NHS network, NHSnet.
National Application Service Providers
Groups of commercial suppliers who are contracted to deliver national services such as Choose and Book and the
Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions.
National Programme Board
Has overall responsibility for all areas of work within the National Programme for IT.
National Supplier Board
Focuses on development and technology, implementation, service and contract management.
NHS Care Records Service
Currently under development. This will be an electronic store of over 50 million health and care records which
can be accessed by health professionals where and when they are needed. It will also give patients secure Internet
access to their own health record.
The NHS Plan recognises that the NHS has achieved much but needs to keep pace with change to meet patient needs.
Increased investment and modernisation are the steps described in the document (published July 2000).
National Programme for IT
Responsible for procurement and delivery of the multi-billion pound investment in new information and technology
systems to improve the NHS.
National Service Frameworks
NSFs set national standards and service models for a specific service or care group. They set up programmes of
implementation and performance management against which progress in an agreed timescale can be measured.
Each prospective supplier to the National Programme must meet rigorous technical requirements. These are set out
in an output-based specification.
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
A system enabling images such as X-rays and scans to be stored and sent electronically so that doctors and other
health professionals can access the information with the touch of a button.
Primary Care Trust
Responsible for commissioning all health care in their community.
Programme management group
Each regional cluster has a programme management group comprising chief information officers and programme
managers from each Strategic Health Authority area, plus the Regional Implementation Director and key members of
the cluster programme support team. Local Service Provider programme managers and senior representatives are also
part of this team.
Prescription Pricing Authority
A national provider of managed services to the NHS. Its main functions are to calculate and make payments for
amounts due to pharmacists and GPs for supplying drugs and appliances prescribed under the NHS. It also produces
information for NHS organisations and stakeholders about prescribing volumes, trends and costs and manages a range
of health benefits eg the NHS Low Income Scheme
Quality Management and Analysis Subsystem
To support the Quality and Outcomes Framework, NPfIT has commissioned British Telecom to develop and implement a
new IT system called the Quality Management and Analysis Subsystem. It will provide reporting, forecasting and
payment information for improving services within the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
Quality and Outcomes Framework
As part of a new NHS contract, introduced in 2004, GP practices are rewarded for achieving clinical and
management quality targets and for improving services for patients within a Quality and Outcomes Framework.
'Quality and outcomes framework'
Sets out a voluntary system of financial incentives for improving quality within the General Medical Services
contract for GP payments.
Regional management frameworks and controls to ensure new systems are introduced and used efficiently at the
Regional Implementation Directors
Responsible for managing implementation of the new national services across a geographic area.
Supplier Attachment Scheme
The Supplier Attachment Scheme is a new opportunity for NHS professionals to have a direct influence on the
future of healthcare by working in one of a range of roles with a Local Service Provider.
Strategic Health Authorities
The headquarters of the local NHS. Their role is to ensure that the Primary Care Trusts are both effective and
efficient in managing the delivery of services.
Strategic Health Authority Chief Executives
The Chief Executives of the Strategic Health Authorities.
Strategic Health Authority Chief Information Officers
Responsible for the implementation of the new systems and the delivery of benefits at an organisational level
across their SHA area.
The Spine is the name given to the national database of key information about a patient's health and care and
forms the core of the NHS Care Records Service. It will include patient information like NHS number, date of birth,
name and address, and clinical information such as allergies, adverse drug reactions and major treatments.
The function of Supplier Liaison is to assist IT suppliers to locate information on the National Programme and
to provide contact details for those organisations that have been awarded contracts.
Transfer of Undertakings - Protection of Employment
A safeguard of employees' rights where businesses change hands between employers.
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