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Common Acronyms and Jargon in Health Services

Some common acronyms used in Patient, Carer & Public Involvement work. For a comprehensive list, please see – http://www.nhsconfed.org/acronym-buster?l=A

AAR
Accelerated Access Review

ACO
Accountable Care Organisation

ACP
Accountable Care Partnerships

ACS
Accountable Care Systems

AF
Atrial Fibrillation

AHSN
Academic Health Science Network

AKI
Acute Kidney Injury

ALB
Arm’s-Length Body


BLS
Basic Life Support

BME
Black and Minority Ethnic

BMA
British Medical Association


CAG
Confidentiality Advisory Group

CAMHS
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAT
Crises Assessment & Treatment

CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CCG
Clinical Commissioning Group

CCT
Community Care Team

CCU
Coronary Care Unit

CEM
College of Emergency Medicine

CFR
Community First Responder

CHC
Continuing Health Care

CHD
Chronic heart Disease

CIP
Continuous Improvement Programme

CKD
Chronic Kidney Disease

CLAHRC
Collaboration for leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

CMHT
Community Mental Health Team

CMO
Chief Medical Officer

COF
Commissioning 
Outcomes Framework

COG
Clinical Operations Group

COPD
Chronic Disease Obstructive Pulmonary

CPR
Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation

CPR
Child Protection Register

CQC
Care Quality Commission

CQUIN
Commissioning for Quality and Innovation

CRB
Criminal Records Bureau

CRG
Clinical Reference Group

CROM
Clinician Reported Outcome Measure

CRN
Clinical Research Network

CSQM
Clinical Service Quality 
Measures

CSS
Commissioning Support Service

CSU
Clinical Support Unit


DBT
Disclosure & Barring Service

DES
Directed Enhanced Services

DGH
District General Hospital

DNA
Did Not Attend

DNA
Do Not Resuscitate

DPR
Data Protection Register

DTOC
Delayed Transfer of Care


EHR
Electronic Health Record

ENT
Ear, Nose & Throat

EOLC
End Of Life Care

EPR
Electronic Patient 
Record

EPS
Electronic Prescription Service

ESD
Early Supported Discharge


FFT
Friends & Family Test

FOI
Freedom Of Information


GMC
General Medical Council

GMS
General Medical Services


HCA
Health Care Assistant

HDU
High Dependency Unit

HEE
Health Education England

HES
Hospital Episode Data

HOSC
Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee

HQIP
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

HSCIC
Health Centre & Social Care Information

HSJ
Health Service Journal

HWE
Health Watch England


ICO
Integrated Care 
Organisation

ICS
Integrated Care Pathway

IHI
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IPC
Integrated Personal Commissioning


JCVI
Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation

JSNA
Joint Strategic Needs 
Assessment


KLOE
Key Lines of Enquiry


LCP
Liverpool Care Pathway

LETBs
Local Education Training 
Boards

LGA
Local Government 
Association

LHW
Local Health Watch

LMC
Local Medical 
Committee

LTC
Long Term Conditions


MDT
Multi Drug Therapy Multi-Disciplinary Team

MHRA
Medicines Healthcare 
Products Regulatory Agency

MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRSA
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

MUR
Medicines Use Review


NED
Non-Executive Director

NHS CB
NHS Commissioning Board

NHS E
NHS England

NHSI
NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement

NIA
NHS Innovation Accelerator

NICE
National Institute for Health & Care Excellence

NIHR
National Institute for Health Research

NRLS
National Reporting & Learning System/Service


OLS
Office for Life Sciences

ONS
Office for National Statistics

OTC
Over The Counter


PAM
Patient Activation Measure

PCT
Primary Care Trust

PPE
Patient & Public 
Engagement

PPI
Patient & Public 
Involvement

PPG
Patient participation Group

PPV
Patient & Public Voice

PREM
Patient Reported 
Experience Measure

PRG
Patient reference Group

PROM
Patient Reported 
Outcome Measure


QA
Quality Assurance

QI
Quality Improvement

QOF
Quality Outcomes 
Framework

QSG
Quality Surveillance Group

QIPP
Quality Innovation 
Productivity Prevention


RAG
Red Amber Green 
Assessment

RCA
Root Cause Analysis

RCGP
Royal College of GP

RCN
Royal College of Nursing

RCP
Royal College of 
Physicians

RPS
Royal Pharmaceutical Society

RRR
Rapid Response Review


SHMI
Single Point of Referral

SI
Serious Incident

SCR
Summary Care Record

SLA
Service Level Agreement

SPC
Statistical Process 
Control

STP
Sustainable Transformation Partnership


TCP
Transforming Care Partnership

TTIP
Transatlantic Trade & Industry Partnership


WHO
World Health Organisation


5YFV
Five Year Forward View

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