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NHS Acronyms and some special terms

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 

AAC Advisory Appointments Committee

A&C Administrative and Clerical (staff)

A&E Accident and Emergency

ABC Activity Based Costing

ABHI Association of British Health-Care Industries

ABM Activity Based Management

ABPI Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry

Acute Services Medical and surgical treatment and care mainly provided in hospitals.

AC Audit Commission

ACAS Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

ACDA Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards (consultants)

ACDP Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

ACGT Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing

ACHCEW Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales

ACTR Additional Cost of Teaching and Research

ADC Automatic Data Capture

ADH Additional Duty Hours (junior doctors)

ADL Activities of Daily Living

ADP Automatic Data Processing

ADR Adverse Drug Reaction

ADROIT Adverse Drug Reactions On-line Information Tracking

ADSS Association of Directors of Social Services

AF Atrial Fibrillation

AGMETS Advisory Group on Medical Education, Training and Staffing

AHCPA Association of Health Centre and Practice

AHHRM Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIM Activity Information Mapping
Advanced Informatics in Medicine

AIP Approval in Principle

ALA Association of Local Authorities

ALARM Association of Litigation and Risk Managers

ALOS Average Length of Stay

ALTS Advanced Trauma Life Support (procedures/courses)

AMA Association of Metropolitan Authorities

AMP Annual Maintenance Plan

AOP Association of Optometrists

APC Admitted Patient Care

APH Association for Public Health

AQH Association for Quality Healthcare

ARC Arthritis and Rheumatism Council

ASA Ambulance Service Association

ASC Action for Sick Children

ASH Action on Smoking and Health

ASSIST Association for Information Management & Technology Staff in the NHS

ASTRO-PU Age Sex Temporary Resident Other - Prescribing Unit

ASW Approved Social Worker

AVG Ambulatory Visit Group

AVMA Action for the Victims of Medical Accidents

BA Booked Admissions (also known as Waiting List - see WL)

BAEM British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine

BAMM British Association of Medical Managers

BAMS Benefits Agency Medical Service

BAOT British Association of Occupational Therapists

BASW British Association of Social Workers

BDA British Dental Association
British Diabetic Association
British Dietetic Association
British Deaf Association

BEAM Biomedical Equipment Assessment and Management

BMCIS Building Maintenance Cost Information System

BMA British Medical Association

BMJ British Medical Journal

BNF British National Formulary

BOPCAS British Official Publications Current Awareness Service

BP British Pharmacopoeia

BPAS British Pregnancy Advisory Service

BPMF British Postgraduate Medical Federation

BRCS British Red Cross Society

BSI British Standards Institution

BTS British Thoracic Society
Blood Transfusion Service

BUPA British United Provident Association

Calman-Hine Cancer Report
The report A Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services was commissioned in response to concerns about variations in treatment across the country. It recommended that cancer services should be organised at three levels. Cancer units in local hospitals with multi-disciplinary teams able to treat the commoner cancers. Cancer centres situated in larger hospitals to treat the less common cancers and Support cancer units with services such as radiotherapy, not available in smaller hospitals. EL (94) 52

Capital Capital expenditure is spending on the acquisition of land and premises and on the provision, adaptation, renewal, replacement or demolition of buildings, items or groups of equipment and vehicles etc where the expenditure exceeds 5,000.

Cash Limit The amount of money the Government proposes to spend or authorise on certain services or blocks of services during one financial year.

CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

CIC Common Information Core

Clinical Governance: A new initiative in this White Paper to assure and improve clinical standards at local level throughout the NHS. This includes action to ensure that risks are avoided, adverse events are rapidly detected, openly investigated and lessons learned, good practice is rapidly disseminated and systems are in place to ensure continuous improvements in clinical care.

Clinician: A health professional that is directly involved in the care and treatment of patients, for example nurses, doctors, therapists, and midwives.

CAB Citizens Advice Bureau

CAD Computer Aided Design

CAIMHT Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust

CAP Controls Assurance Project

CAS Controls Assurance Statement

CASP Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

CAT Computerised Axial Tomography

CBA Cost Benefit Analysis

CBS Common Basic Specification

CBT Computer Based Training

CCDC Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

CCE Completed Consultant Episode (also FCE)

CCSC Central Consultants and Specialists Committee

CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (doctors)

CCU Coronary Care Unit
Critical Care Unit

CD Clinical Director/Directorate

CDC Centre for Disease Control (USA)

CDM Chronic Disease Management

CDO Chief Dental Officer

CD-ROM Compact Disc Read Only Memory

CDS Community Dental Service
Commissioned Data Set

CDSC Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre

CDSM Committee on Dental and Surgical Materials

CE Chief Executive

CEA Cost Effectiveness Analysis

CEDP Chief Executive Development Programme

CEN Comite Europeen de Normalisation (European Standards Organisation)

CEPOD (See NCEPOD) CESDI Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy

CHC Community Health Council

CHD Coronary Heart Disease

CHDGP Collection of Health Data from General Practice Project

CHI Commission for Health Improvement
Community Health Index

ChiQ Centre for Health Information Quality (patient information)

CHMU Central Health Monitoring Unit (DoH)

CHOU Central Health Outcomes Unit

CHS Child Health Surveillance

CIM Capital Investment Manual

CIP Cost Improvement Programme

CIPFA Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

CIS Clinical Information System

CISP Community Information Systems Project

CM Community Midwife

CMDS Contract Core Minimum Data Set

CME Continuing Medical Education

CMHN Community Mental Handicap Nurse

CMHT Community Mental Health Team

CMIS Contract Monitoring Information System

CMMS Case Mix Management System

CMO Chief Medical Officer

CMS Community Midwifery Service
Contract Management System

CN Charge Nurse

CNM Clinical Nurse Manager

CNO Chief Nursing Officer

CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist
Community Nursing Service

CNST Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts

COIN Circulars on the Internet

COMA Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy

COP Cancelled Outpatient (Appointment) COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (1994 Regulations)

COSI Central Open System Interconnection

CPA Care Programme Approach
Clinical Pathology Accreditation
Critical Path Analysis

CPHL Central Public Health Laboratory

CPHM Consultant in Public Health Medicine

CPN Community Psychiatric Nurse

CPPIH Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

CPR Child Protection Register

CPSM Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine

CQI Continuous Quality Improvement

CRC Clinical Research Centre

CRD (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

CRDC Central Research and Development Committee

CRE Commission for Racial Equality

CRIR Committee for Regulating Information Requirements

CSA Child Support Agency

CSAG Clinical Standards Advisory Group

CSASHS Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service

CSM Committee on Safety of Medicines

CSP Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

CSSD Central Sterile Services/supplies Department

CT Computerised Tomography

CU Casualties Union

CVS Council for Voluntary Services

DC Daycase

D&D Deaths & Discharges

DDO District Dental Officer

DEB Dental Estimates Board

DF Director of Finance

DfEE Department of Education and Employment

DGH District General Hospital

DH Department of Health (also DOH)

DHA (Former) District Health Authority

DHQ District Head Quarters (of the Health Authority)

DHT District Handicap Team

DISP Development of Information Systems for Purchasers

DMO District Medical Officer

DMU Directly Managed Unit

DN District Nurse

DNA Did Not Attend

DNS Director of Nursing Services

DOA Dead On Arrival

DOB Date of Birth

DoF Director of Finance

DOH Department of Health

DPB Dental Practice Board

DPH Director of Public Health

DPR Data Protection Register

DQI Data Quality Initiative

DRG Diagnostic Related Group

DRS Dental Reference Service

DSC Disablement Service Centre

DSCN Dataset Change Notice

DSS Department of Social Security
Decision Support Systems

DSU Day Surgery Unit

DTI Department of Trade and Industry

D&V Diorreah & Vomiting

DV Domiciliary Visit (by consultant)
District Valuer

EAN European Article Number

EBM Evidence-Based Medicine

EBS Emergency Bed Service (London)

ECR Extra Contractual Referral (replaced by OATS)

EDI Electronic Data Interchange

EDIFACT Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport

Effects E.g. the reluctance of patients to express dissatisfaction with the NHS or with health professionals. One of the reasons that in published patient satisfaction surveys, the proportion of positively satisfied respondents is often overstated.

EFL External Financing Limit

EHMA European Healthcare Management Association

EHO Environmental Health Officer

EHR Electronic Health Record

EIS Executive Information System

EL Executive Letter (NHS Executive)

EMAS Employment Medical Advisory Service

EMEA European Medicines Evaluation Agency

EMI Elderly Mentally Infirm

ENB English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

ENP Emergency Nurse Practitioner

ENT Ear, Nose and Throat

EOC Equal Opportunities Commission

EPO Emergency Planning Officer

EPHR (also EPR) Electronic Patient Health Record

ESAT Emergency Services Action Team

ESMI Elderly Severely Mentally Infirm

ETA Enabling Technology Application

FBC Full Business Case

FCE Finished Consultant Episode (also CCE)

FCS Financial Control System

FDL Finance Directorate Letter

FHS Family Health Services

FHSA Family Health Services Authority (former)

FHSCU Family Health Services Computer Unit (now the NHS Information Authority)

FIS Financial Information System

FM Facilities Management

FMIS Financial Management Information Systems

FMP Financial Management Programme

FMR Functions and Manpower Review

Focus Group A small group of individuals with similar backgrounds or experiences brought together to discuss a specific topic. Rather than direct questioning, individuals are encouraged to interact by exchanging and commenting on one another’s experiences.

FOP Future Outpatient (Appointment) FPA Family Planning Association

FP(10) / FP(HP)10 A Prescription Form

FPHM Faculty of Public Health Medicine

FPS Family Planning Services

FSO PPI Forum Support Organisation

GCC General Chiropractic Council

GDC General Dental Council

GDP General Dental Practitioner
Gross Domestic Product

GDS General Dental Services

GHS General Household Survey

GLACHC Greater London Association of Community Health Councils

GM General Manager

GMC General Medical Council

GMP General Medical Practitioner

GMS General Medical Services

GMSC General Medical Services Committee

GOC General Optical Council

GosC General Osteopathic Council

GOS General Ophthalmic Service

GP Commissioning Groups Pilot projects preparing to go live from April 1998. Based around groups of fundholding and non-fundholding GPs. Will manage a prescribing budget. Will work closely with their local Health Authority to develop health strategies and advise on service developments for local populations.

GPFC General Practice Finance Corporation

GPFH General Practice Fundholder

GTAC Gene Therapy Advisory Committee

GUM Genito-urinary Medicine

HA Health Authority

HAG Health Advisory Group

HAI Hospital Acquired Infection

HAS 2000 Health Advisory Service

HAWNHS Health at Work in the NHS

HAZ Health Action Zone

HB Health Board

HBG Health Benefit Group

HC Health Circular (Department of Health)
Health Commission

HCA Hospital Caterers Association

HCHS Hospital and Community Health Services

HEA Health Education Authority

HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council for England

HEFMA Health Estates & Facilities Management Association

HEO Health Education Officer

HES Hospital Episode Statistics
Hospital Eye Service

HFEA Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

HFMA Healthcare Financial Management Association

HHT Hand Held Terminal

HIBCC Health Index Bar Code Council

HFA Health for All (World Health Organisation)

HiMP Health Improvement Programme

HIS Health Informatics Service

HISS Hospital Information and Support System

HIV Human Immuno Deficiency Virus

HLC Healthy Living Centre

HMR Hospital Medical Record

HMO Health Maintenance Organisation (USA)

HMSO Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (Former)

HN Health Notice (Department of Health)

HO House Officer

HPR Health Process Re-design

HR Human Resources

HRGs Healthcare Resource Groups

HSAC Health Service Advisory Committee (of HSE)

HSC Health Service Circular (Department of Health)
Health & Safety Commission
Health Service Commissioner

HSDU Hospital Sterile and Disinfection Unit

HSE Health and Safety Executive

HSG Health Service Guidelines (Department of Health)

HSI Health Service Indicator

HISS Hospital Information & Support Systems

HSJ Health Service Journal

HSPI Health Service Prices Index

HSSB Health and Social Services Board (Northern Ireland)

HSW Health and Safety at Work

HSWA Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

HTA Health Technology Assessment

HTM High Technology Medicine

HV Health Visitor

HVA Health Visitors Association

ICD (10) International Classification of Diseases

ICAS Independent Complaints and Advocacy Services

ICN Infection Control Nurse

ICN Infection Control Nurse

ICP Integrated Care Pathway

ICT Infection Control Team

ICU Intensive Care Unit

ICWS Integrated Clinical Work Station

IHA Independent Healthcare Association

IHCD Institute of Health & Care Development

IHE Institute of Hospital Engineering
International Health Exchange

IHF International Hospital Federation

IHRIM Institute of Health Record Information Management

IHSM Institute of Health Services Management

IIP Investors in People Initiative

IMC Information Management Centre

IMG Information Management Group of NHS Executive

IMLS Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences

IM&T Information Management and Technology

IP (also APC) Inpatient

IPM Institute of Personnel Management

IPR Individual Performance Review

IRG Independent Reference Group (mental health)

ISSM Institute of Sterile Services Management

IT Information Technology

ITU Intensive Therapy/treatment Unit

IV Intro Venous

JCC Joint Consultative Committee
Joint Consultants Committee

JDC Junior Doctors Committee

JF Joint Finance

JFC Joint Formulary Committee

JIT Just In Time (supplies delivery)

JIP Joint Investment Plan

JPAC Joint Planning Advisory Committee

JCPT Joint Care Planning Team

KF King’s Fund

KFAO King’s Fund Organisational Audit

KI Key Indicator (Social Services)

LAS London Ambulance Service

LCG Local Care Group

LDC Local Dental Committee

LHG Local Health Group

LMC Local Medical Committee

LOC Local Optical Committee

LOS Length of Stay

LPC Local Pharmaceutical Committee

LPI Labour Productivity Index

LTA Long Term Agreement

LTSA Long-Term Service Agreements between Health Authorities or Primary Care Groups and NHS Trusts on the service to be provided for a local population. These replace the annual contracts of the internal market and cover a minimum of three years to offer a great stability.

LYS Life Year Saved

MAAG Medical Audit Advisory Group
Multidisciplinary Audit Advisory Group

MAC Medical Advisory Committee

MADEL Medical and Dental Education Levy

MAF Management Accountancy Framework

MAS Minimal Access Surgery

MASC Medical Academic Staff Committee
Medical Advisors Support Centre

MBA Master of Business Administration

MC Medicines Commission

MCA Medicines Control Agency

MCO Managed Care Organisation

MDD Medical Devices Directorate

MDS Minimum Data Set

MDU Medical Defence Union

MEC Medical Executive Committee

MEL Management Executive Letter (Scotland)

MESOL Management Education Scheme by Open Learning

MFS Mayflower Financial Services

MHAC Mental Health Act Commission

MHE Mental Health Enquiry

MHS Message Handling System

MIDIRS Midwife Information and Resource Service

MIMS Monthly Index and Medical Specialities

MISG Mental Illness Specific Grant

MIT Minimally Invasive Therapy

MIU Minor Injuries Unit

MLA Medical Laboratory Assistant

MLSO Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer

MMR Mumps, Measles & Rubella (Vaccine)

MPC Medical Practices Committee

MPS Medical Protection Society

MRC Medical Research Council

MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRO Medical Records Officer

MSAC Maternity Services Advisory Committee

MSLC Maternity Services Liaison Committee

MSF Manufacturing Science and Finance Technical staff trade union

MWCS Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

MWSAC Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Committee

NACGP National Association of Commissioning GPs

NAFHP National Association of Fundholding Practices

NAHAT National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (Former)

NAHCSM National Association of Health Care Supplies Managers

NAHSSO National Association of Health Service Security Officers

NALHF National Association of Leagues of Hospital Friends

NAO National Audit Office

NATN National Association of Theatre Nurses

NBA National Blood Authority (for England)

NBTS National Blood Transfusion Service

NCCA National Centre for Clinical Audit

NCCHTA National Co-ordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment

NCEPOD National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths (formerly CEPOD)

NCMO National Case Mix Office

NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations

NCVQ National Council for Vocational Qualifications

NDT National Development Team for People with Learning Disabilities

NED Non-Executive Director

NeLH National Electronic Library for Health NET New and Emerging Technologies

NF Nuffield Foundation

NFA No Fixed Address/Abode

NHD Notional Half Day (consultants)

NHSAR National Health Service Administrative Register

NSCAG National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group

NHSCCC National Health Service Centre for Coding and Classification

NHSCR National Health Service Central Register

NHS National Health Service

NHS CTA National Health Service Clinical Trials Adviser

NHSE NHS Estates

NHS EHU National Health Service Ethnic Health Unit

NHSLA National Health Service Litigation Authority

NHSnet NHS Network

NHSweb NHS Web - the NHS Intranet

NHSS National Health Service Supplies

NHST National Health Service Trust

NHSTU National Health Service Training Unit

NICE National Institute for Clinical Excellence

NIH Nuffield Institute for Health (Leeds)

NNH Number Needed to Harm

NNT Number Needed to Treat

NPA National Pharmaceutical Association

NPC National Prescribing Centre

NPHT Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust

NPIS National Poisons Information Service

NPT Near Patient Testing

NRE Non-Recurring Expenditure

NRPB National Radiological Protection Board

NSFs National Service Frameworks will bring together the best evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness with the views of service users to determine the best ways of providing particular services.

NSRC National Schedule of Reference Costs

NSV National Supplies Vocabulary

NTO National Training Organisation

NTTRL National Tissue Typing Reference Laboratory

NWCS NHS Wide Clearing Service

NWN NHS Wide Networking

OATS Out of Area Treatments (replaced ECRs)

OCR Optical Character Recognition

ODA Operating Department Assistant

OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OH Occupational Health

OHE Office of Health Economics (London)

OHS Occupational Health Service

OJEC Official Journal of the European Community

OMP Ophthalmic Medical Practitioner

ONS Office for National Statistics

OP Outpatient

OPA Outpatient Attendances (Appointments)

OPCS Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (defunct now ONS)

(also Classification of Surgical operations & Procedures - 4th revision)

OPD Outpatient Department

OPM Office of Public Management

OT Occupational Therapist/therapy

OU Open University

P&T Professional and Technical

Primary Care Family health services provided by family doctors, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners.

PA Patients Association

PAC Public Accounts Committee

PAC Public Accounts Committee

PACS Picture Archiving and Communications System

PACT Prescription Analysis and Cost Tabulation

PAD Patient Administration Database

PALS Patient Advice and Liason Service.

PAMs Profession Allied to Medicine

PAS Patient Administration System

PCAT Primary Care Audit Team

PCG Primary Care Group

PCST Plymouth Community Services NHS Trust

PCT Primary Care Trust

PDP Personal Development Plan

PEM Prescription Event Monitoring

PES Public Expenditure Survey

PEWP Public Expenditure White Paper

PF Performance Framework: The Government will shortly be publishing a consultation document on the new national performance framework set out in this new White Paper. The framework is designed to give a rounded picture of NHS performance and will cover six areas: health improvement; fair access to services; effective delivery of appropriate healthcare; efficiency; patient/carer experience; and the health outcomes of NHS care.

PFC Patient Focused Care

PFI Private Finance Initiative

PFMA Practice Fund Management Allowance

PGEA Postgraduate Education Allowance

PGMDE Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

PHA Public Health Alliance

PHC Primary Health Care

PHCT Primary Health Care Team

PHLS Public Health Laboratory Service

PHSS Personal Health Summary System

PHT (or PHNT) Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Piloting The process of conducting a "trial survey" with relatively small numbers of respondents. The aim is to try to pick up any mistakes or ambiguities in the questionnaire before the survey is commenced.

PI Performance Indicator

PICKUP Professional, Industrial and Commercial Updating

PIF Patient Information Forum

PMCPA Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority

PMD Performance Management Directorate

PMI Private Medical Insurance

PMR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PMS Peninsula Medical School
Personal Medical Service
Post Marketing Surveillance (medicines)

PMSPCAPs The NHS (Primary Care) Act 1997 allows members of the NHS ‘family’, for example, an NHS Trust, an NHS employee, a qualifying body or suitably experience medical practitioners to submit proposals to provide services under a pilot scheme and contract with the Health Authority to do so.

POISE Procurement of Information Systems Effectively

POM Prescription Only Medicine

POMR Problem Oriented Medical Records

POPUMET Protection of Persons Undergoing Medical Examination (regulations)

PPA Prescription Pricing Authority

PPC Promoting Patient Choice

PPIF Patient and Public Involvement Forum

PPM Planned Preventative Maintenance

PPP Private Patients Plan

PPRS Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

PPSA Patient & Practitioner Services Agency

PQ Parliamentary Question

PRB Pay Review Body

PREPP Post Registration Education and Preparation for Practice (nurses)

PRINCE Projects in Controlled Environments

Probing An exploratory technique used by skilled interviewers to gain further information after an initial response has been given.

PRP Performance Related Pay

PSBR Public sector borrowing requirement

PSI Policy Studies Institute (London)

PSMs Professions Supplementary to Medicine

PSNC Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

PSS Personal Social Services

PTCA Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

PTS Patient Transport Services

PVC Prime Vendor Contract

QA Quality Assurance

QALY Quality Adjusted Life Year

QUANGO Quasi-Autonomous Non-governmental Organisation

Qualitative Qualitative research is a largely exploratory process based on the assumption that attitudes and beliefs cannot be accurately measured and need to be interpreted. It relies on methods such as semi-structured and in-depth interviews, focus groups, and makes use of "open-ended" questioning.

Quantitative Quantitative research involves measurement and the structured collection of data, which can then be manipulated statistically. Quantitative research is based on respondents choosing from a fixed set of options – most typically, patients ticking yes/no boxes in a fully structured questionnaire.

Questioning Questioning allows respondents to formulate their own reply to a question. The response may be long or short and may incorporate a range of comments.

Revenue Expenditure other than capital. For example, staff salaries, drug budgets, etc

R&D Research and Development

RAG Research Allocation Group (NHS Executive)

RCA Royal College of Anaesthetists

RCCS Revenue Consequences of Capital Schemes

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

RCP Royal College of Physicians

RCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

RCPath Royal College of Pathologists

RCPsych Royal College of Psychiatrists

RCS Royal College of Surgeons

RCT Randomised Controlled Trial

RD&E Royal Devon & Exeter Trust

RDRD Regional Director of Research and Development

RDU Regional Dialysis Unit

REDG Regional Education and Development Group

REI Royal Eye Infirmary

RFA Requirements for Accreditation (GP computers)

RGN Registered General Nurse

RHA Regional Health Authority

RIPA Royal Institute of Public Administration

RMO Resident Medical Officer
Responsible Medical Officer

RMN Registered Mental Nurse

RN Registered Nurse

RNHA Registered Nursing Home Association

RNMH Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped

Response rate In relation to a postal questionnaire, this is the number of completed and returned questionnaires as a percentage of the total number originally sent out.

RO Regional Office (A Regional Outpost of the NHS Executive)

ROCE Return on Capital Employed

ROE Regional Office for Europe (WHO)

RPSGB Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

RSCG Regional Specialised Commissioning Group

RSCN Registered Sick Children’s Nurse

RSH Royal Society of Health

RSI Repetitive Strain Injury

RSM Royal Society of Medicine

RSU Regional Secure Unit

RTA Road Traffic Accident

S&WDHA South & West Devon Health Authority SAHC Scottish Association of Health Councils

SAS Standard Accounting System
Scottish Ambulance Service

SAGNIS Strategic Advisory Group for Nursing Information Systems

SAMM Safety Assessment of Marketed Medicines (guidelines)

SCBU Special Care Baby Unit

SCM Specialist in Community Medicine

SCODA Standing Conference on Drug Abuse

SCOPME Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education

SCOTH Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health

SDO Service Delivery and Organisation

SDHCT South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Secondary Care Specialist care typically provided in a hospital setting or following a referral from a primary or community health professional.

SFA Statement of Fees and Allowances

SFI Standing Financial Instructions

SGHT Standing Group on Health Technology

Sample A representative "slice" through the population which can be examined and allow us to generalise about that population. A sample is said to be representative if it accurately reflects its population, and biased if it does not.

Sampling error The possibility that, through the normal process of random sampling, the particular sample chosen will yield a result, which is different from the result which, would have been gained, had the total population been asked the same questions.

SHA Special Health Authority

SHARE Scottish Health Authorities Revenue Equalisation

SHO Senior House Officer

SI Statutory Instrument

SID Sudden Infant Death

SIFT Service Increment for Teaching and Research

SIS Supplies Information System

SLA Service Level Agreement

SMAC Standing Medical Advisory Committee

SMAS Substance Misuse Advisory Service

SMP Senior Managers Pay

SMR Standardised Mortality Ratio

SNMAC Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee

SOs Standing Orders

SPA Scottish Prescribing Analysis

SPG (NHS) Security Policy Group

SPS Standard Payroll System

SPV Special Purpose Vehicle (project company)

SR Society of Radiographers
Senior Registrar

SRD State Registered Dietician

SSA Standard Spending Assessment

SSD Social Services Department

SSI Social Services Inspectorate

STEP Standards Enforced in Procurement

SWAG Specialist Workforce Advisory Group (specialist registrars)

SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (analysis)

T&O Trauma and Orthopaedics

TEC Training and Enterprise Council

TEL Trust Executive Letter

TOD Took Own Discharge

TPP Total Purchasing Project

TSO The Stationery Office (formerly HMSO)

TSSU Theatre Sterile Supplies Unit

TUPE Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981

UBHT United Bristol Healthcare Trust

UKCC United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Health Visiting and Midwifery

UKCHHO United Kingdom Clearing House on Health Outcomes (Leeds)

UKTSSA United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority

ULC Unit Labour Cost

ULTRA Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority

UNISON Public Sector Union

VSC Voluntary Service Co-ordinator

WAIS Wide Area Information Server

WAN Wide Area Networking

WHO World Health Organisation

WIMS Works Information Management System

WLS Waiting List (also known as Booked Admissions - see BA)

WO Welsh Office

WONCA World Organisation of National Colleges. Academics and Academic Associations of General Practitioners

WTE Whole Time Equivalent

YCS Young Chronic Sick

YDU Young Disabled Unit

ZBB Zero Based Budgeting



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