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Jargon Buster Directory  

The Central Source for all Jargon

Health - NHS - Patients

More money has been pumped into the NHS system over the last few years than ever before but all it ever seems to produce is more administrators creating ever more baffelling terms and phrases for NHS patient jargon.

The NHS is full of consultants, specialists and beureacrats eager to make their stamp in forming and utilising NHS patients Jargon.

NHS patient jargon is also used to calibrate and evalute statistical and performance schedules for government spin use.

The administrators are perhaps the worst at creating NHS patients jargon as they love to pigeon hole everything from patients to waiting rooms from appointments to treatments.


NHS Patients Jargon

Acronyms are second nature to the NHS and other health related organisation.



A and E - Accident and Emergency

AAC - Advisory Appointments Committee

ABHI - Association of British Healthcare Industries

ABM - Activity-Based Management

ABPI - Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ABPsS - Associate British Psychological Society

AC - Audit Commission

ACAC - Area Clinical Audit Committee

ACDA - Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards

ACDP - Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

ACHCEW - Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales

ACIG - Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Information Group

ACLS - Advanced Coronary Life Support

ACME - Advisory Committee on Medical Establishment (Scotland)

ACMT - Advisory Committee on Medical Training

ACTR - Additional Cost of Teaching and Research

ADC - Automatic Data Capture

ADH - Additional Duty Hours

ADMS - Assistant Director of Medical Services

ADNS - Assistant Director of Nursing Services

ADP - Automatic Data Processing

ADR - Adverse Drug Reaction

AFOM - Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

AFPM - Associate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

AGMETS - Advisory Group on Medical and Dental Education, Training and Staffing

AHA - Associate of the Institute of Hospital Administrator

AHCPA - Association of Health Centre and Practice Administrators

AHHRM - Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management

AIM(1) - Advanced Informatics in Medicine

AIM(2) - Association of Independent Multifunds

AIMS - Association for Improvements in Maternity Services

AKC - Associate of King's College

ALA - Association of Local Authorities

ALAC - Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre

ALERT - Acute Life threatening Events - Recognition and Treatment

ALOS - Average Length of Stay

AMA - American Medical Association

AMEE - Association for Medical Education in Europe

AMRC(1) - Association of Medical Research Charities

AMRC(2) - Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

AMS - Army Medical Services

MSPAR - Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Administrators and Receptionists

AODP - Association of Operating Department Practitioners

AOP - Association of Optometrists

APD - Advanced Professional Development

APH - Association of Public Health

APLS - Advanced Paediatric Life Support

AQH - Association for Quality in Healthcare

ARSAC - Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee

ARSH - Association of Royal Society of Health

ASEC - Associate Specialist Education Committee

ASIT - Association of Surgeons in Training

ASME - Association for the Study of Medical Education

ASSIST - Association for Information Management and Technology Staff in the NHS

ASW - Approved Social Worker

ATLS - Advanced Trauma Life Support

ATMD - Association of Trust Medical Directors

ATTRACT - Ask TRiP to Rapidly Alleviate Confused Thoughts

AUDGP - Association of University Departments of General Practice

AVG - Ambulatory Visit Group

AVMA - Action for the Victims of Medical Accidents



BA - Bachelor of Arts

BAc - Bachelor of Acupuncture

BAC - British Association of Chemists

BAEM -British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine

BAMM - British Association of Medical Managers

BAN - British Association of Neurologists

BAO - British Association of Otolaryngologists

BAOT - British Association of Occupational Therapists

BAPhysMed - British Association of Physical Medicine

BAPS(1) - British Association of Paediatric Surgeons

BAPS(2) - British Association of Plastic Surgeons

BAPT - British Association of Physical Training

BASc - Bachelor of Applied Science

BASICS - British Association of Immediate Care

BAUS - British Association of Urological Surgeons

BC - Block Contracting

BChD - Bachelor of Dental Surgery

BChir - Bachelor of Surgery

BClinSci - Bachelor of Clinical Science

BDA(1) - British Dental Association

BDA(2) - British Diabetic Association

BDA(3) - British Diatetic Association

BDentSci - Bachelor of Dental Science

BDH - British Drug Houses

BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery

BDSc - Bachelor of Dental Science

BEAM - Biomedical Equipment Assessment and Management

BGM - Board General Manager

BGS - British Geriatric Society

BIBRA - British Industrial Biological Association

BIR - British Institute of Radiology

BJGP - British Journal of General Practice

BLROA - British Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Association

BM - Bachelor of Medicine

BMA - British Medical Association

BMB - British Medical Bulletin

BMBCh - Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

BMBS - Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

BMedBiol - Bachelor of Medical Biology

BMedSci - Bachelor of Medical Science

BMIS - British Medical Informatics Society

BMJ - British Medical Journal

BMSA - British Medical Students Association

BMSJ - British Medical Students Journal

BNF - British National Formulary

BOA - British Orthopaedic Association

BP (or BPh) - British Pharmacopoeia

BPA - British Paediatric Association

BPAS - British Pregnancy Advisory Service

BPC - British Pharmaceutical Codex

BPharm - Bachelor of Pharmacology

BPMF - British Postgraduate Medical Federation

BPS - British Pharmacological Society

BrAPP - British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians

BSc - Bachelor of Science

BSCC - British Society for Clinical Cytology

BSEC - Basic Surgical Education Committee

BSR - British Society of Rheumatology

BST(1) - Basic Surgical Training

BST(2) - Basic Specialist Training

BTS - British Thoracic Society

BUPA - British United Provident Association



CABG - Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

CADO - Chief Administrative Dental Officer

CAIPE - Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education

CCFP (Can) - Certificant Member College of Family Physicians (Canada)

CAMO - Chief Administrative Medical Officer

CANO - Chief Area Nursing Officer

CAPO - Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer

CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

CASPE - Clinical Accountability Service Planning and Evaluation specialist healthcare training group

CAT - Critically Appraised Topic

CATS - Credit Accumulated Transfer Scheme

CBA - Cost Benefit Analysis

CCDC - Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

CCE - Completed Consultant Episode

CCEPP - Cochrane Collaboration on Effective Professional Practice

CCSC - Central Consultants and Specialists Committee

CCST - Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training

CCT - Compulsory Competitive Tendency

CD(1) - Clinical Director

CD(2) - Clinical Directorate

CDDS - Council of Dental Deans

CDM - Chronic Disease Management

CDO - Chief Dental Officer

CDSC - Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre

CDSM - Committee on Dental and Surgical Methods

CE - Chief Executive

CEA - Cost Effectiveness Analysis

CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Cert.Gen.Av.Med - Certificate of General Aviation Medicine

Cert HSM - Certificate in Health Services Management

Cert.Un.Med(RN) - Certificate of Underwater Medicine of the Royal Navy

ChB - Chirurgiae Baccalauareus (Bachelor of Surgery)

CHC - Community Health Council

CHDGP - Connection of Health Data and General Practice

CHI(1) - Community Health Index

CHI(2) - Commission for Health Improvement

CHIME - Centre for Health Informatics in Medical Education

CHIMP - Commission for Health Improvement

CHIP - Commission for Health Improvements

CHIQ - Centre for Health Information Quality

ChM - Chirurgiae Magister (Master of Surgery)

CHMS - Council for Heads of Medical Schools

CHMU - Central Health Monitoring Unit

CHOU - Central Health Outcomes Unit

CHS - Child Health Surveillance

CIS - Clinical Information System

CLib - Cochrane Library

CLIMP - Clinical Information Management Programme

CM - Community Midwife

CMB - Central Midwives Board

CME - Continuing Medical Education

CMHN - Community Mental Handicap Nurse

CMHT - Community Mental Health Team

CMMS - Case Mix Management System

CMO - Clinical Medical Officer

CMP - Civilian Medical Practitioner

CN - Charge Nurse

CNS(1) - Clinical Nurse Specialist

CNS(2) - Community Nursing Service

CNST - Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts

CO - Course Organiser

COGPED - Committee of General Practice Education Directors

COPC - Community Oriented Primary Care

COPDenD - Conference of Postgraduate Dental Deans

COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics

COPMED - Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans

CPC - Cost Per Case

CPCME - Centre for Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education

CPD - Continuous Professional Development

CPEP - Clinical Practice Evaluation Programme

CPH - Certificate in Public Health

CPHL - Central Public Health Library

CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse

CPO - Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

CPSM - Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine

CQSW - Certificate of Qualification of Social Work

CRAG - Clinical Research and Audit Group

CRAGPIE - Committee of Regional Advisers in General Practice Education

CRC - Clinical Research Centre

CRCF - Conference of Royal Colleges and their Faculties

CRD - Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

CREST - Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team

CSAG - Clinical Standards Advisory Group

CSASHS - Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service

CSEC - Corporate Specialist Education Committee

CSM - Committee on the Safety of Medicines

CSP - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

CSS - Certificate of Satisfactory Service

CU - Casualties Union

CVCP - Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals

CVE - Continuous Vocational Education



DARE - Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness

DCCH - Diploma of Community Child Health

DCH - Diploma of Child Health

DCP - Diploma in Clinical Pathology

DDRB - Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration Review Body

DEB - Dental Estimates Board

DF - Director of Finance

DFFP - Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning

DGH - District General Hospital

DGM - District General Manager

DH or DoH - Department of Health

DHA - District Health Authority

DHMSA - Diploma in the History of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries of London

DICE - Disseminating Information on Clinical Effectiveness

Dip.A - Diploma in Anaesthetics

DipDerm - Diploma in Dermatology

Dip.Ger,Med - Diploma in Geriatric Medicine

Dip.G-Um - Diploma in Genito-Urinary Medicine

DipHSM - Diploma in Health Services Management

DipHSW - Diploma in Health and Social Welfare

Dip.Obst - Diploma in Obstetrics

Dip.Obst.RCOG - Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dip.Paed- Diploma in Paediatrics

DipSW - Diploma in Social Work

Dip.Uro - Diploma in Urology

Dip.Ven - Diploma in Veneology

DISP - Developing Information System for Purchasers

DLO - Diploma in Laryngology and Otology

DMC - District Medical Committee

DMCC - Diploma in Medical Care in Catastrophes

DMO - District Medical Officer

DMRD - Diploma in Medical Radio Diagnosis

DMU - Directly Managed Unit

DN - District Nurse

DNS - Director of Nursing Services

DO (1) - Diploma in Osteopathy

DO (2) - Diploma in Ophthalmology

DOGPE - Director of General Practice Education

DPH (1)- Director of Public Health

DPH (2) - Diploma in Public Health

DPMSA - Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries of London

DPR - Directorate Performance Review

DPS - Dental Practice Board

DRCGP - Diploma of the Royal College of General Practitioners

DRCOG - Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

DRG - Diagnosis Related Group

DRS - Dental Reference Service DSU - Day Surgery Unit

DTM&H - Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

DV - Dependent Variable


EBL - Evidence-Based Learning

EBM - Evidence-Based Medicine

EBP - Evidence-Based Practice

ECR - Extra-Contractual Referral EFL - External Financing Limit

EFMI - European Federation for Medical Informatics EHMA - European Healthcare Management Association

EHR - Electronic Health Record

EMAS - Employment Medical Advisory Service EMEA - European Medicines Evaluation Agency

EMR - Electronic Medical Record

EMS - Emergency Medical Services

ENB - English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

ENP - Emergency Nurse Practitioner

ENT - Ear, Nose and Throat

EPHR - Electronic Patient Health Record

EPR - Electronic Patient Record

EQUIP - Effectiveness and Quality in Practice Group ETPC - Education and Training Programme in informatics management and technology for Clinicians



FACC - Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

FCE - Finished Consultant Episode FCOphth - Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists

FCSHK - Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong

FDSRCSEng - Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in England

FDTL - Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning

FFARCS - Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetics of the Royal College of Surgeons

FFDRCS - Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons

FHom - Faculty of Homeopathy

FHS - Family Health Services

FHSA - Family Health Services Authority

FICS - Fellow of the International College of Surgeons

FITTA - Fixed Term Training Appointment

FM - Facilities Management

FOM - Faculty of Occupational Medicine of Royal College of Physicians

FP - Family Physician

FPA - Family Planning Association

FPharmM - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

FPHM - Faculty of Public Health Medicine

FPS(1) - Family Planning Services

FPS(2) - Family Practitioner Services

RCA - Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

FRCGP - Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners

FRCO - Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

FRCOG - Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

FRCP - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

FRCP(Ed) - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

FRCP(Glasg) - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow

FRCPath - Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists

FRCPCH - Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

FRCPE - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of England

FRCPI - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

FRCPS(Glasg) - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

FRCPsych - Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

FRCR - Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

FRCS - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

FRCS(Ed) - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

FRCS(Glasg) - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

FRCSE - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

FRCSI - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

FRFPSG - Fllow of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

FRIPHH - Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene

FRSH - Fellow of the Royal Society of Health

FTA - Flexible Training Adviser

FWATAG - Flexible Working And Training Advisory Group



GDC - General Dental Council GDP - General Dental Practitioner

GDS - General Dental Services

GENECIS - General Clinical Information System

GMC - General Medical Council

GMP - General Medical Practitioner

GMS - General Medical Services

GMSC - General Medical Services Committee

GOP - General Optical Council

GOS - General Opthalmic Service

GOsC - General Osteopathic Council

GP - General Practice/Practitioner

GPASS - General Practice Administration System Scotland

GPFC - General Practice Finance Corporation

GPFH - General Practice FundHolder

GPMSS - General Practice Minimum System Specification

GPT - General Professional Training

GUM - Genito-Urinary Medicine

GWC - General Whitely Council



HA - Health Authority

HAS - Health Advisory Service

HAZ - Health Action Zone

HB - Health Board

HBG - Health Benefit Group

HC - Health Council

HCAG - Hospital Consultants Advisory Group

HCEU - Healthcare Evaluation Unit

HCSC - Hospital and Community Health Services

HDA - Health Development Agency

HE(1) - Health Education

HE(2) - Higher Education

HEA - Health Education Authority

HEBS - Health Education Board for Scotland

HEFCE - Higher Education Funding Council for England

HELMIS - Health Management Information Service

HEO - Health Education Officer

HES - Hospital Episode Statistics

HFEA - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

HFMA - Healthcare Financial Management Association

HGAC - Human Genetics Advisory Commission

HIBCC - Health Index Bar Code Council

HImP - Health Improvement Programme (formerly HIP)

HIS - Hospital Information System

HISS - Hospital Information and Support System

HJSC - Hospital Junior Staff Committee

HL7 - Health Level 7

HMR - Hospital Medical Record

HMT - Higher Medical Training HO - House Officer HPE - Higher Professional Education

HTCS - Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

HPERU - Health Policy and Economic Research Unit

HQHQ - Healthcare Quality Head Quarters

HRG - Healthcare Resource Group

HSAC - Health Service Advisory Committee

HSC - Health Service Commissioner

HSDU - Hospital Sterile and Disinfection Unit

HSE - Health and Safety Executive

HSG - Health Service Guidance

HSI - Health Service Indicators

HSJ - Health Service Journal

HST - Higher Surgical Training

HTA - Health Technology Assessment

HTM - High Technology Medicine

HV - Health Visitor



IAGI - Intended Average Gross Income

IANI - Intended Average Net Income

IBMS - Institute of Biomedical Science

ICD - International Classification of Disease

ICP - Integrated Care Pathway

ICU - Intensive Care Unit

ICWS - Integrated Clinical Workstation

IFM - Information for the Management of Healthcare

IHCD - Institute of Health and Care Development

IHE - International Health Exchange

IHF - International Hospital Federation

IHRIM - Institute of Health Record Information and Management

IHSM - Institute of Health Service Management

IIP -Investors in People

IMA - Irish Medical Association

IM&T - Information Management and Technology

IP - In Patient

IPR - Individual Performance Review

IV - Independent Variable



JANET - Joint Academic Network

JCC(1) - Joint Consultants Committee

JCC(2) - Joint Consultative Committee

JCHMT - Joint Committee for Higher Medical Training

JCHST - Joint Committee for Higher Surgical Training

JCPTGP - Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice

JDC - Junior Doctors Committee

JFC - Joint Formulary Committee

JIP - Joint Investment Plan

JISC - Joint Information Systems Committee

JNC(J) - Joint Negotiating Committee on junior doctors' terms and conditions of service

JPAC - Joint Planning Advisory Committee



LAH - Licentiate of Apothecaries

LAPIS - Locality and Practice Information

LAS - Locum Appointment Service

LAT - Locum Appointment for Training

LDC - Local Dental Committee

LDS - Local Development Scheme

LIS - Local Implementation Strategy

LIZ EI - London Initiative Zone Educational Incentives

LLMRCP - Licentiate and Licentiate in Midwifery of the Royal College of Physicians

LLMRCS - Licentiate and Licentiate in Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons

LMC(1) - Local Medical Committee

LMC(2) - Licentiate of the Medical Council of the United Kingdom

LMS - Licentiate of Medicine and Surgery

LMSSA - Licentiate of Medicine and Surgery of the Society of Apothecaries

LMWAGS - Local Medical Workforce Advisory Groups

LOS - Length of Stay

LREC - Local Research Ethics Committee

LRCP - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians

LRCP&S - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

LRCS - Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons

LRFPS - Licentiate of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons

LTM - Learning to Manage Health information



MA - Master of Arts

MAAG - Medical Audit Advisory Group

MAAGB - Medical Artists Association of Great Britain

MAC - Medical Advisory Committee

MADEL - Medical and Dental Education Levy

MADEN - Medical and Dental Education Network

MAS - Minimal Access Surgery

MASC(1) - Medical Academic Staff Committee

MASC(2) - Medical Advisers Support Centre

MB - Medicinae Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Medicine)

MC - Medicines Commission

MCA - Medical Control Agency

MChD - Master of Dental Surgery

MChOrth - Master of Orthopaedic Surgery

MCOphth - Member of the College of Ophthalmologists

MCQ - Multiple Choice Questions

MCPS - Memeber of the College of Physicians and Surgeons

MCRG - Medical Career Research Group

MDA - Medical Devices Agency

MD - Medicinae Doctor (Doctor of Medicine)

MDD - Medical Device Directorate

MDDUS - Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

MDS - Master of Dental Surgery

MDU - Medical Defence Union

MEC - Management Education for Clinicians

MEDLARS - Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System

MEQ - Modified Examination Question

MESOL - Management Education Scheme by Open Learning

MFOccM - Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

MFPharmM - Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

MFPHM - Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

MHAC - Mental Health Act Commission

MIDIRS - Midwife Information and Resource Service

MIG - Medical Information Group

MIMS - Monthly Index of Medical Specialities

MISG - Mental Illness Specific Grant

MLSO - Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer

MMed - Master of Medicine

MMedPaed - Master of Medicine (Paediatrics)

MMedSci - Master of Medical Science

MMSAC - Medical Manpower Standing Advisory Committee

MO - Medical Officer

MPA - Medical Prescibing Adviser

MPC - Medical Practices Committee

MPH - Master of Public Health

MPharm - Master of Pharmacy

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

MPS - Medical Protection Society

MPT - Maximum Part Time

MRC - Medical Research Council

MRCA - Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

MRCGP - Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

MRCO - Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

MRCOG - Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

MRCP - Member of the Royal College of Physicians

MRCPath - Member of the Royal College of Pathologists

MRCPCH - Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

MRCPsych - Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

MRCR - Member of the Royal College of Radiologists

MRCS - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons

MREC - Multicentre Research Ethics Committee

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRO - Medical Records Officer

MSAC - Maternity Services Advisory Committee

MSc - Master of Science

MSLC - Maternity Services Liaison Committee

MUSCLE - Multi-Station Clinical Examination

MWC - Mental Welfare Commission

MWCS - Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

MWSAC - Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Committee

MWSAG - Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Group


NACGP - National Association of Commissioning General Practitioners

NACPME - National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Education

NACT - National Association of Clinical Tutors

NAFHP - National Association of Fundholding Practices

NAGPT - National Association of General Practice Tutors

NAHAT - National Association of Hospital Authorities and Trusts

NAO - National Audit Office

NAPMECA - National Association of Postgraduate Medical Education Centre Administration

NATN(1) - National Association of Theatre Nurses

NATN(2) - National Association of Training Nurses

NBS - National Board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting for Scotland

NBTS - National Blood Transfusion Service

NCCA - National Centre for Clinical Audit

NCCG - Non-Consultant Career Grade

NCEPOD - National Confidential Enquiry into Peri-Operative Death

NCMO - National Case Mix Office

NCT - National Childbirth Trust

NEAT - New and Emerging Applications of Technologies

NED - Non-Executive Director

NeLH - National Electronic Library for Health

NF - Nuffield Foundation

NHD - Notional Half Day

NHS - National Health Service

NHS(S) - National Health Service in Scotland

NHSAR - National Health Service Administrative Register

NHSCCC - National Health Service for Coding and Classification

NHSCR - National Health Service Central Register

NHSCRD - National Heath Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

NHSE - National Health Service Executive

NHSEED - National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database

NHSEHU - National Health Service Ethical Health Unit

NHSIA - National Health Service Information Authority

NHSIMC - National Health Service Information Centre

NHSLA - National Health Service Litigation Authority

NHSME - National Health Service Management Executive

NHSS - National Health Service Supplies

NHST - National Health Service Trust

NHSTD - National Health Service Training Directorate

NHSTF - National Health Service Trust Federation

NHSTU - National Health Service Training Unit

NICARE - Northern Ireland Centre for Health Care Co-operation and Development

NICE(1) - National Institute for Clinical Excellence

NICE(2) - Northern Institute for Continuing Education

NIH(1) - National Institute of Health

NIH(2) - Nuffield Institute for Health

NMAC - National Medical Advisory Committee

NMC - Nursing Midwifery Council

NMET - Non-medical Education and Training

NMIS - Nurse Management Information System

NNT - Number Needed to Treat

NPA - National Pharmaceutical Association

NPSA - National Patient Safety Agency

NPCRDC - National Primary Care Research and Development Centre

NPT - Near Patient Testing

NRE - Non-Recurring Expenditure

NRPB - National Radiological Protection Board

NRR - National Research Register

NSCAG - National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group

NSF(1) - National Service Framework

NSF(2) - National Schizophrenia Fellowship

NSF(S) - National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland)

NSV - National Supplies Vocabulary

NTN - National Training Number

NTTRL - National Tissue Typing Reference Laboratory

NWCS - National Health Service-Wide Clearing Service



OAT - Out of Area Transfer

ODA - Overseas Doctors Agency

ODP - Operating Department Practitioner

ODTS - Overseas Doctors Training Scheme

OH - Occupational Health

OHE - Office of Health Economics

OHS - Occupational Health Service

OMP - Opthalmic Medical Practitioner

ONS - Office for National Statistics

OP - Out-Patient

OPCS - Office of Population, Census and Surveys

OPD - Outpatient Department

OR - Operation Research

OSCE - Objective Structured Clinical Examination

OT -Occupational Therapist/Therapy



PA - Patients Association

PACT - Prescription Analysis and Cost Tabulation

PAM - Profession Allied to Medicine

PAS - Patient Administration System

PBL - Practice-Based Learning

PCAG - Primary Care Audit Group

PCAPS - Primary Care Act Pilots

PCCG - Primary Care Co-ordinating Group

PCG - Primary Care Group

PCT - Primary Care Trust

PDC - Public Dividend Capital

PDP - Personal Development Plan

PESC - Public Expenditure Survey Committee

PFC - Patient Focused Care

PFI - Private Finance Initiative

PFMA - Practice Fund Management Allowance

PGCME - Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education

PGD - Postgraduate Dean

PGEA - Postgraduate Education Allowance

PGMDE - Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

PHA - Public Health Alliance

PHC -Primary HealthCare

PHCSG - Primary Health Care Specialist Group

PHCT - Primary Health Care Team

PhD - Philosophiae Doctor (Doctor of Philosophy)

PHL - Public Health Laboratory

PHLS - Public Health Laboratory Service

PHPU - Public Health Policy Unit

PHRU - Public Health Resource Unit

PHSS - Personal Health Summary System

PIG - Policy Implementation Groups

PLAB - Professional and Linguisitic Assessment Board

PLP - Personal Learning Plan

PMI - Private Medical Insurance

PMR - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PMS - Personal Medical Services

POM - Prescription-Only Medicines

POPUMET - Protection of Persons Undergoing Medical Examination

PPA - Prescription Pricing Authority

PPDP - Practice Professional Development Plan

PPM - Planned Preventative Maintenance

PPO - Preferred Provider Organisation

PPP - Private Patients' Plan

PPR - Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

PRB - Pay Review Body

PREPP - Post Registration Education and Preparation for Practice

PRHO - Pre-Registration House Officer

PRINCE - Projects in Controlled Environments

PSI - Policy Studies Institute

PSL - Period of Study Leave

PSM - Professions Supplementary to Medicine

PSNC - Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

PTS - Patient Transport Services

PYA - Penultimate Year Assessment



QA - Quality Assurance

QAA - Quality Assurance Authority

QALY - Quality Adjusted Life Year



RA - Research Associate

RAE - Research Assessment Exercise

RASP - Resource Allocation and Service Planning

RAWP - Resource Allocation Working Party

RB - Representative Body

RCA - Royal College of Anaesthetists

RCCS - Reid Clinical Classification System

RCGP - Royal College of General Practitioners

RCM - Royal College of Midwives

RCN - Royal College of Nursing

RCOG - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

RCOphth - Royal College of Ophthalmologists

RCP - Royal College of Physicians

RCPath - Royal College of Pathologists

RCPCH - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

RCPsych - Royal College of Psychiatrists

RCR - Royal College of Radiologists

RCS - Royal College of Surgeons

RCT - Randomised Controlled Trial

RDPGPE - Regional Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education

REA -Regional Education Adviser

REAL - Research, Education, Audit, Libraries

REDG - Regional Education and Development Group

RFA - Requirements for Accreditation

RFC - Request for Comment

RGN - Registered General Nurse

RHA - Regional Health Authority

RIPA - Royal Institute of Public Administration

RIPHH - Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene

RITA - Record of In-Training Assessment

RMN - Registered Mental Nurse

RMO(1) - Resident Medical Officer

RMO(2) - Responsible Medical Officer

RN - Registered Nurse

RNMH - Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped

RO - Regional Office

ROE - Regional Office for Europe

RPGD - Regional Postgraduate Dean

RPSGB - Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

RR - Relative Risk

RSCN - Registered Sick Children's Nurse

RSH - Royal Society of Health

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

RSM - Royal Society of Medicine

RTF - Regional Task Force



SAC - Specialty Advisory Committee

SAGNIS - Strategic Advisory Group for Nursing Information Systems

SAHC - Scottish Association of Health Councils

SAMH - Scottish Association of Mental Health

SAPHE - Self Assessment in Professional and Higher Education

SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit

ScHARR - School of Health and Related Research

SCM - Specialist in Community Medicine

SCMO - Senior Clinical Medical Officer

SCODA - Standing Conference on Drug Abuse

SCOPME - Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education

SCPMDE - Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

SEC - Specialist Education Committee

SEPHO - South East Public Health Observatory

SERNIP - Safety and Efficiency of New Interventional Procedures

SFF - Service Financial Framework

SGHT - Standing Group on Health Technology

SGUMDER - Standing Group on Undergraduate Medical and Dental Education and Research

SHA - Special Health Authority

SHARE - Scottish Health Authorities Revenue Equalisation

SHAS - Scottish Health Advisory Service

SHMO - Senior Hospital Medical Officer

SHO - Senior House Officer

SI - Statutory Instrument

SIFT - Service Increment for Teaching

SIFTR - Service Increment for Teaching and Research

SIS - Supplies Information Service

SLA - Service Level Agreement

SMAC - Standing Medical Advisory Committee

SMO - Senior Medical Officer

SMR - Standardised Mortality Ratio

SNMAC - Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee

SNTN - Scottish National Training Number

SODoH - Scottish Department of Health

SOHHD - Scottish Home Office and Health Department

SPA - Scottish Prescribing Analysis

SpR - Specialist Registrar

SR(1) - Senior Registrar

SR(2) - Society of Radiographers

SRD - State Registered Dietician

SSA - Standard Spending Assessment

STA - Specialist Training Authority

STC - Specialty Training Committee

STG - Special Transitional Grant

SWAG - Specialist Working Advisory Group

SWG - Specialty Working Group



T and O - Trauma and Orthopaedics

TCP - Total Commissioning Pilot

TEL - Trust Executive Letter

TIPPLE - Trent Institute of InterProfessional Practice Learning and Education

TPD - Training Programme Director

TPP - Total Purchasing Pilot

TQM - Total Quality Management

TRiP - Turning Research into Practice

TSSU - Theatre Sterile Supplies Unit

TVF - Team, Vision, Future

TWES - Training and Work Experience Scheme



UCAS - Universities College Admission Service

UEMS - Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (European Union of Medical Specialists)

UGM - Unit General Manager

UKCC - United Kingdom Central Council for nursing, midwifery and health visiting

UKTSSA - United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority

ULTRA - Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority

UTD - Unit Training Director

UTG - Unified Training Grade

UTH - University Teaching Hospital



VSC - Voluntary Service Co-ordinator

VTN - Visiting Training Number

VTR - Vocational Training Record

VTS - Vocational Training Scheme



WAHAT - Welsh Association of Health Authorities and Trusts

WFP - Working for Patients

WGSMT - Working Group on Specialist Medical Training

WHCSA - Welsh Health Common Services Agency

WHIN - Women's Health Information Service

WHO - World Health Organisation

WIST - Women in Surgical Training Scheme

WONCA - World Organisation of National Colleges Academies and academic Associations of general practitioners / family physicians

WP10 - Working Paper 10

WTE - Whole Time Equivalents

WTEP - Whole Time Equivalent Posts

WTI - Waiting Time Initiative



YCS - Young Chronic Sick

YDU - Young Disabled Unit



ZBB - Zero-Base Budgeting






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