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Acronyms guide: learn what ours mean

NHS Connecting for Health features lots of acronyms - words formed from initial letters - which may make sense to those in the know, but not necessarily to everyone. We try to ensure that phrases are firstly used in full where possible on this website, with the acronym used thereafter.

This page lists acronyms used across this site, including any links. If you spot an acronym on this website that isn't listed on this page please let us know and include the content URL, to email us about fresh acronyms.

Please note: keep any suggestions solely to acronyms that you have seen on this NHS Connecting for Health site, rather than just general NHS acronyms.

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A

  • A&E = Accident & Emergency
  • ABHI = Association of British Healthcare Industries
  • ACFA = Access Control Framework Access
  • ADT = Admissions, discharges and transfers
  • AHP = Allied Health Professional
  • ALB = Arms Length Bodies
  • AoMRC = Academy of Medical Royal College
  • APM = Association for Project Management
  • ASCC = Additional Supply Capability and Capacity
  • ATP = Authority to proceed
  • AUP = Acceptable Usage Policy
  • AWP = Any Willing Provider

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B

  • BAU = Business As Usual
  • BAUS = British Association of Urological Surgeons
  • BC = Business Continuity
  • BCDR = Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • BCS = British Computer Society
  • BKM = Bundle Key Milestone
  • BMA = British Medical Association

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C

  • CAB/C&B = Choose and Book
  • CAB = Change Advisory Board
  • CAF = Common Assessment Framework
  • CAP = Common Assurance Process
  • CALS = Clinical Advice and Liaison Service
  • CCAD = Central Cardiac Audit Database
  • CCG = Clinical Commissioning Group
  • CCN = Change Control Notice
  • CCU = Critical Care Unit
  • CDA = Clinical Document Architecture
  • CDAs = CG Delegated Authorities
  • CDS = Commissioning Data Set
  • CDU = clinical decision unit
  • CEO = Chief Executive Officer
  • CFH/CfH = Connecting for Health: please note, this should only ever be NHS CFH please
  • CG = Caldicott Guardian
  • CHAI = Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
  • CHRIS = Central Health Register Inquiry System
  • CIO = Chief Information Officer
  • CIS = Central Issue System
  • CILIP = Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • CIT = Clinical Information Technology
  • CMASG = Clinical Messaging Architecture Steering Group
  • CMHT = Community Mental Health Team
  • CMT = Controlled Medical Terminology
  • COI = Central Office of Information
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPA = Care Programme Approach
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPD = Continuing Professional Development
  • CQC = Care Quality Commission
  • CQRS = Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS)
  • CQUIN = Commissioning for Quality and Innovation
  • CRDB = Care Record Development Board
  • CRG = clinical reference group
  • CSA = Clinical Spine Application
  • CSC = Computer Sciences Corporation
  • CSIPs = Continuous Service Improvement Plans
  • CSP = Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • CSU = Commissioning Support Unit
  • CSSRs = Councils with Social Services Responsibilities
  • CTP = Community Third Party
  • CUI = Common User Interface

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D

  • DA = Delegated Authority
  • DA = Design Authority
  • DCW = Data Collection Worksheet
  • DDM = Design Decision Matrix
  • DEN = Delay Event Notice
  • DepMAC = Deployment Milestone Achievement Certificate
  • DevMAC = Development Milestone Achievement Certificate
  • DES = Directed Enhanced Service
  • DH = Department of Health
  • DHID = Department of Health Informatics Directorate
  • DIP = Digital Information Policy Team
  • dm+d = Dictionary of Medicines & Devices
  • DKM = Deployment Key Milestone
  • DNA = did not attend
  • DNS = Domain Name Service
  • DR = Disaster Recovery
  • DRA = Design and Release Authority
  • DS = Discharge Summary
  • DSCN = Data Set Change Notices
  • DTS = Data Transfer Service (N3 connection required, NHS staff only)

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E

  • EBIS = Evidence-based implementation support
  • E4E = Energise for Excellence
  • ECTMS = Electronic Clinical Transfusion Management System
  • ED = Emergency Department
  • EDI = Electronic Data Interchange
  • EDM = Electronic Document Management
  • eDSM = enhanced data sharing model
  • EDT = External/Electronic Data Transfer
  • eGIF = Electronic Government Interoperability Framework
  • EHR = Electronic Health Record
  • EITS = Essential IT Skills
  • EMIS = Egton Medical Information Systems
  • EPR = Electronic Patient Record
  • EPIP = Entity PACS Implementation Plan
  • EPOS = Electronic Purchasing Online System
  • EPS = Electronic Prescription Service
  • ERG = External Reference Group
  • ESP = Existing Systems Provider
  • ESR = Electronic Staff Record
  • ETD = Education, Training & Development
  • EWAs = Enterprise-wide Arrangements

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F

  • FBC = Full business case
  • FWAF = Flexibility within a Framework
  • FOI = Freedom of Information
  • FOT = First of type
  • FRI = Front Line Readiness for Implementation

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G

  • GP = General Practitioner
  • GP = General Practitioner
  • GPC = General Practitioners Committee
  • GPPCS = GP Payments Calculation Service
  • GPSoC = GP Systems of Choice
  • GPPUG = GP Pan User Group

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H

  • HAM = Handle Administrator Messages
  • HCC = Heath Care Commission
  • HDU = High Dependency Unit
  • HES = Hospital Episodes Statistics
  • HIA = Hardware, Infrastructure and Associated
  • HIC = Health Informatics Community
  • HINOS = Health Informatics National Occupational Standards
  • HIQS = Health Informatics Quality Scheme
  • HIR = Health Informatics Review
  • HIS = Health Information Service/System
  • HL7 = Health Level 7
  • HPA = Health Protection Agency
  • HPSS = Health and Personal Social Services
  • HRGs = Healthcare Resource Groups
  • HSCIC = Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • HSSI = Higher Severity Service Incident

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I

  • ICAS = Independent Complaints Advocacy Service
  • ICD = Informatics Capability Development
  • ICD = international classification of diseases
  • ICO = Information Commissioner's Office
  • ICP = Integrated Care Pathway
  • ICT = Information and Communication Technology
  • IDF = Interim Data Feed
  • IEP = Image Exchange Portal
  • IG = Information Governance
  • IGT/IG Toolkit = IG Toolkit
  • IGTT = Information Governance Training Tool
  • IGSoC = Information Governance Statement of Compliance
  • IHE = Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
  • IHM = Institute of Healthcare Management
  • IHRIM = Institute of Health Record & Information Management
  • IHTSDO = International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation
  • IITT = Institute of IT Training
  • IMIA = International Medical Informatics Association
  • IM&TDES = Information Management & Technology Direct Enhanced Service
  • INNS = Interim NHS Numbering System
  • IQAP = Information Quality Assurance Programme
  • ISB = Information Standards Board
  • ISB HaSC = Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care
  • ISIP = Integrated Service Improvement Programme
  • ISMF = Information Security Management Forum
  • ISTC = Independent Sector Treatment Centres
  • ISTCM = IT Service Continuity Management
  • ITIL = Information Technology Infrastructure Library
  • ITK = Interoperability Toolkit
  • ITRS = IT Research Services Framework
  • ITSCM = IT Service Continuity Management
  • ITS = Initial Tracing Service
  • ITT = Invitation to Tender
  • ITU = Intensive Therapy Unit

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J

  • JGPITC = Joint GP IT Committee

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K

  • KPI = Key Performance Indicator
  • KSF = Key Skills Framework

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L

  • LAs = Local Authorities
  • LARs = Large Account Resellers
  • LCA = Logical Connection Architecture
  • LCFS = local counter fraud specialist
  • LES = Local enhanced service
  • LHB = Local Health Board
  • LHC = Local Health Community
  • LIMS = Laboratory Information Management Systems
  • LMC = Local Medical Committee
  • LPfIT = London Programme for IT
  • LOA = Local Organisation Administrator
  • LSD = Local Service Desk
  • LSP = Local Service Provider

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M

  • MAU = medical admission unit
  • MACS = Migration Analysis Cleansing Service
  • MHRA = Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • MRS = Multi Resource Scheduling
  • MSP = Managing Successful Programmes
  • MTUs = Mobile Training Units

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N

  • NACS = National Administrative Codes Service, now known as ODS (= Organisation Data Service)
  • NAO = National Audit Office
  • NBTC = National Blood Transfusion Committee
  • NCLs = National Clinical Leads
  • NCGC = National Clinical Guideline Centre
  • NCMP = national child measurement programme
  • NCRI = National Cancer Research Institute
  • NDRI = National Duplicate Registration Initiative
  • NHAIS = National Health Applications & Infrastructure Services
  • NEC = Not Elsewhere Classified
  • NHS = National Health Service
  • NHS CFH = NHS Connecting for Health
  • NHSCR = NHS Central Register
  • NHSD = NHS Direct
  • NHSLA = NHS Litigation Authority
  • NHSSC = NHS Supply Chain
  • NICA = National Integration Centre and Assurance
  • NICE = National Institute of Clinical Excellence
  • NICIP = National Interim Clinical Imaging Procedure
  • NIGB = National Information Governance Board
  • NIMM = NHS Infrastructure Maturity Model
  • NISP = National Infrastructure Service Provider
  • N3SP = N3 Service Provider
  • NLMS = National Learning Management System
  • NLOP = NPfIT (National Programme for IT) Local Ownership Programme
  • NMAS = National Messaging Assurance Service
  • NME = North, Midlands and East (Programme for IT)
  • NMLC = National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue
  • NN4B = NHS Numbers for Babies
  • NPfIT = National Programme for IT
  • NPOG = National Programme Office
  • NPSA = National Patient Safety Agency
  • NSF = National Service Framework
  • NSG = National Stakeholder Group
  • NSTS = NHS Strategic Tracing Service
  • NUG = National User Group
  • NWW = NHS Wide Web

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O

  • OBC = Outline Business Case
  • OBS = Output Based Specification
  • OCCO = Office of the Chief Clinical Officer
  • ODS = Organisation Data Service
  • OJEU = Official Journal of the European Union
  • OLM = Oracle Learning Management
  • ONS = Office for National Statistics
  • OOH = Out of hours
  • OPCS = Office for Population Censuses and Surveys Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures
  • ORAM = Organisational Readiness Assurance Model
  • OSCHR = Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research

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P

  • PAC = Public Accounts Committee
  • PACS = Picture Archiving and Communications System
  • PALS = Patient Advice and Liaison Service
  • PARR (PDF 206Kb) = Patients At Risk of Re-Hospitalisation
  • PARR = Patients At Risk of Re-Hospitalisation
  • PAS = Patient Administration System
  • PASA = Purchasing and Supply Agency
  • PBC = Practice-Based Commissioning
  • PBO = Personal Demographics Service National Back Office
  • PCIS = Primary Care Information System
  • PCO = primary care organisation
  • PCT = primary care trust
  • PDS = Personal Demographics Service
  • PDEE = Patient Data Enquiry/Extract
  • PDT = Programme Delivery Team
  • PFI = Private Finance Initiative
  • PIAG = Patient Information Advisory Group
  • PID = Person Identifiable Data
  • PID = Project Initiation Document
  • PIP = Public Information Programme
  • PHI = Professionalising Health Informatics
  • PKI = Public Key Infrastructure
  • PLIMS = Pathology Laboratory Information System
  • PMI = Patient Master Index
  • PMIP = Pathology Messaging Implementation Programme
  • PoC = Proof of Concept
  • PPI = Patient and Public Involvement
  • PPG = Patient Participation Group
  • PSIS = Personal Spine Information Service
  • PTL = Patient Tracking List

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Q

  • Q&A = Questions and Answers
  • QIPP = Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention
  • QMAS = Quality Management and Analysis System
  • QOF = Quality Outcome Framework (Assessor Validation Reports)

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R

  • R&D = Research & Development
  • RACI = Responsible Accountable Consulted Informed
  • RA = Registration Authority
  • RBAC = Role-Based Access Control
  • RCP = Royal College of Physicians
  • RCGP = Royal College of General Practitioners
  • RFA = Requirements for Accreditation Scheme
  • RFC = Request for change
  • RFID = Radio Frequency identification
  • ROCR = Review of Central Returns Steering Committee
  • RTT = Referral to Treatment

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S

  • SAML = Security Assertion Mark-up Language
  • SAP = Single Assessment Process
  • SAU = surgical admission unit
  • SCAG = NHS Security and Confidentiality Advisory Group
  • SCCAG = Southern Combined Clinical Advisory Group
  • SCG = Standards Consulting Group
  • SCR = Summary Care Record
  • SDS Bureau Service = Spine Directory Service Bureau Service
  • SHA = strategic health authority
  • SHOT = Serious Hazards of Transfusion
  • SIs = statutory instruments
  • SIRTs = Service Issues Resolution Team
  • SITREPs = Situation reports
  • SMCs = Supply Management Confederations
  • SNOMED CT = Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms
  • SOC = Strategic Outline Case
  • SMRAP = Supplier Maintenance Release Assurance Procedure
  • SPA = Single Point of Access
  • SPfIT = Southern Programme for IT
  • SPN = Safer Practice Notice
  • SRO = senior responsible owner
  • SSD = Systems and Service Delivery
  • STEP = Standards Enforcement in Procurement
  • SUS = Secondary Uses Service
  • SUG = Special User Group

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T

  • TAP = Training Application Performance
  • TAG = Technical Advisory Group
  • TDB = Tracking Database
  • TERS = Testing Environments and Related Services
  • TMS = Transaction Messaging Service
  • TRC = Training Resource Centre
  • TRUD service = Technology Reference Data Update Distribution
  • TSG = Terminology Steering Group
  • TTA = Tablets to Take Away
  • TUPE = Transfer of undertaking protection of employment regulations
  • TWR = two-week referral

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U

  • UBRN = Unique Booking Reference Number
  • UCLH = University College London Hospital
  • UICC = International Union against Cancer
  • UKChip = UK Council for Health Informatics Professions
  • UKCRC = UK Clinical Research Collaboration
  • UKTC = UK Terminology Centre
  • URP = User Role Profile

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V

  • VDI = Virtualised Desktop Infrastructure
  • VoIP = Voice over internet protocol technology
  • VSNAG = Voluntary Sector National Advisory Group

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W

  • WTE = Whole Time Equivalent

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X

  • XML = Extensible Markup Language

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