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Glossary of acronyms and abbreviations

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

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
  • API = Application Programming Interface 
  • APM = Association for Project Management
  • AQP = Any Qualified Provider  
  • ASCC = Additional Supply Capability and Capacity
  • ASCOF = Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework
  • 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
  • COF = Commissioning Outcomes Framework 
  • COI = Central Office of Information
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPA = Care Programme Approach
  • CP = Change proposal
  • CPD = Continuing Professional Development
  • CPRD = Clinical Practice Research Datalink
  • 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
  • DH ERD = Department of Health External Relations Directorate 
  • DHID/NHS CFH = Department of Health Informatics Directorate including NHS Connecting for Health
  • DIP = Digital Information Policy Team
  • dm+d = Dictionary of Medicines & Devices
  • DKM = Deployment Key Milestone
  • DME = Data Management Environment
  • DMIC = Data Management Integration Centre
  • DMS = Defence Medical Services 
  • 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 (N3 connection required) = 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
  • ENDPB = Exectuve non-Departmental Public Body 
  • 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
  • GPC = General Practitioners Committee
  • GPPCS = GP Payments Calculation Service
  • GPS = Government Procurement Service
  • GPSoC = GP Systems of Choice
  • GPPUG = GP Pan User GroupGPES = GP Extraction Service
  • GSS = Government Statistics Service

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H

  • HAM = Handle Administrator Messages
  • HCC = Heath Care Commission
  • HDU = High Dependency Unit
  • HEE = Health Education England 
  • 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
  • HQIP = Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership 
  • HRGs = Healthcare Resource Groups
  • HR = Human Resources 
  • HSCIC = Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • HSSI = Higher Severity Service Incident
  • HWE = Healthwatch England

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I 

  • IAPT = Improving Access to Psychological Therapies 
  • 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
  • ISCG = Informatics Services Commissioning Group 
  • ISIP = Integrated Service Improvement Programme
  • ISMF = Information Security Management Forum
  • ISTC = Independent Sector Treatment Centres
  • ISTCM = IT Service Continuity Management
  • IT = Information Technology 
  • 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
  • NASCIS = National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service 
  • 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
  • NHSE = NHS England 
  • 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
  • NIHR = National Institute for Health Research 
  • 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
  • NTDA = National Trust Development Authority 
  • NUG = National User Group
  • NWW (N3 connection required) = 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
  • PbR = Payment by Results
  • PCD = Personal Confidential Data 
  • 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
  • PHE = Public Health England 
  • 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
  • PSN = Public Sector Network 
  • 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
  • SCS = Senior Civil Service 
  • 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
  • VSM = Very Senior Manager 
  • 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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