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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
  • ACFA = Access Control Framework Access
  • ADT = Admissions, discharges and transfers
  • AHP = Allied Health Professional
  • ALB = Arms Length Bodies
  • AMT = Agency Management Team
  • APM = Association for Project Management
  • ASCC = Additional Supply Capability and Capacity
  • ATP = Authority to proceed
  • AUP = Acceptable Usage Policy

B

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

C

  • CAB/C&B = Choose and Book
  • CAB = Change Advisory Board
  • CAP = Common Assurance Process
  • CALS = Clinical Advice and Liaison Service
  • C&C = Capability & Capacity
  • CCAD = Central Cardiac Audit Database
  • 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
  • CID = Community Index Database
  • CIO = Chief Information Officer
  • CIS = Care Information Systems
  • CIS = Central Issue System
  • CILIP = Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • CIT = Clinical Information Technology
  • CLT = Certificate Revocation List (PDF 178Kb)
  • CMASG = Clinical Messaging Architecture Steering Group
  • CMHT = Community Mental Health Team
  • CMS = Card Management System
  • CMT = Controlled Medical Terminology
  • COI = Central Office of Information
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPA = Care Programme Approach
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPD = Continuing Professional Development
  • 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
  • CSSRs = Councils with Social Services Responsibilities
  • CTP = Community Third Party
  • CUI = Common User Interface

D

  • DA = Delegated Authority
  • DA = Design Authority
  • DBS = Demographics Batch Service
  • DCR = Detailed Care Record
  • DCW = Data Collection Worksheet
  • DDM = Design Decision Matrix
  • DEN = Delay Event Notice
  • DepMAC = Deployment Milestone Achievement Certificate
  • DES = Directed Enhanced Service
  • DevMAC = Development Milestone Achievement Certificate
  • DH = Department of Health
  • 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
  • DSCN = Data Set Change Notices
  • DTS = Data Transfer Service (N3 connection required, NHS staff only)

E

  • EBIS = Evidence-based implementation support
  • ECDL = European Computer Driving Licence (Essential IT Skills)
  • ECTMS = Electronic Clinical Transfusion Management System
  • ED = Emergency Department
  • EDI = Electronic Data Interchange
  • EDM = Electronic Document Management
  • 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
  • ESP = Existing Systems Provider
  • ERG = External Reference Group
  • ESR = Electronic Staff Record
  • ETD = Education, Training & Development
  • EWAs = Enterprise-wide Arrangements

F

  • FCE = Finished Consultant Episode
  • FWAF = Flexibility within a Framework
  • FOI = Freedom of Information
  • FRI = Front Line Readiness for Implementation

G

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

H

  • HES = Hospital Episode Statistics
  • 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
  • HIS = Health Information Service/System
  • HL7 = Health Level 7
  • HPA = Health Protection Agency
  • HPSS = Health and Personal Social Services
  • HRGs = Healthcare Resource Groups
  • HSCIP = Health and Social Care Integration Programme
  • HSSI = Higher Severity Service Incident

I

  • ICAS = Independent Complaints Advocacy Service
  • ICD = international classification of diseases
  • ICP = Integrated Care Pathway
  • ICT = Information and Communication Technology
  • IDF = Interim Data Feed
  • IG = Information Governance
  • IGT/IG Toolkit = IG Toolkit
  • IGTT = Information Governance Training Tool
  • IGSoC = Information Governance Statement of Compliance
  • 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&T = Information Management & Technology
  • 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
  • ITS = Initial Tracing Service
  • ITT = Invitation to Tender
  • ITU = Intensive Therapy Unit

J

  • JGPITC = Joint GP IT Committee

K

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

L

  • LAs = Local Authorities
  • LCA = Logical Connection Architecture
  • LES = Local enhanced service
  • LHB = Local Health Board
  • LHC = Local Health Community
  • LIMS = Laboratory Information Management Systems
  • LISA = LHC IM&T Self Assessment
  • LMC = Local Medical Committee
  • LPfIT = London Programme for IT
  • LSD = Local Service Desk
  • LSP = Local Service Provider

M

  • MAU = medical admission unit
  • MACS = Migration Analysis Cleansing Service

N

  • NACS = National Administrative Codes Service, now known as ODS (= Organisation Data Service)
  • NAGs = National Advisory Groups
  • NAO = National Audit Office
  • NASPs = National Application Service Providers
  • NBTC = National Blood Transfusion Committee
  • NCLs = National Clinical Leads
  • NCGC = National Clinical Guideline Centre
  • NCRI = National Cancer Research Institute
  • NHAIS = National Health Applications & Infrastructure Services
  • NEC = Not Elsewhere Classified
  • NHS = National Health Service
  • NHS CFH = NHS Connecting for Health
  • NHS CFHEP = NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme
  • NHSCR = NHS Central Register
  • NHS CRS = NHS Care Records Service
  • 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)
  • NN4B = NHS Numbers for Babies
  • NPfIT = National Programme for IT
  • NPOG = National Programme Office
  • NPSA = National Patient Safety Agency
  • NSF = National Service Framework
  • NSTS = NHS Strategic Tracing Service
  • NUG = National User Group
  • NWW = NHS Wide Web

O

  • 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
  • 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

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
  • PAS = Patient Administration System
  • PASA = Purchasing and Supply Agency
  • PBC = Practice-Based Commissioning
  • PBO = Personal Demographics Service National Back Office
  • PbR = Payments by Results
  • 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
  • PPI = Patient and Public Involvement
  • PoC = Proof of Concept
  • PSIS = Personal Spine Information Service
  • PTL = Patient Tracking List

Q

  • Q&A = Questions and Answers
  • QMAES = Quarterly Monitoring Accident and Emergency Services
  • QMAS = Quality Management and Analysis System
  • QMAES = Quarterly Monitoring Accident and Emergency Services
  • QOF = Quality Outcome Framework (Assessor Validation Reports)

R

  • R&D = Research & Development
  • RACI = Responsible Accountable Consulted Informed
  • RA = Registration Authority
  • RBAC = Role-Based Access Control
  • RCP = Research Capability Programme
  • 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

S

  • SAG = Standards Assurance Group
  • SAU = surgical admission unit
  • SAP = Single Assessment Process
  • 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
  • SIRTs = Service Issues Resolution Team
  • SITREPs = Situation reports
  • SNOMED CT = Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms
  • SPfIT = Southern Programme for IT
  • SRO = senior responsible owner
  • STEP = Standards Enforcement in Procurement
  • SUS = Secondary Uses Service

T

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

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

V

  • VoIP = 'voice over internet protocol technology'
  • VSNAG = Voluntary Sector National Advisory Group

X

  • XML = Extensible Markup Language