Acronym A-Z

Last updated: 3 August 2021


A&E Accident and Emergency Department
AAU Acute Assessment Unit
ACP Accountable Care Partnership
ACU Acute Commissioning Unit
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AfC Agenda for change
AHPs Allied Health Professions
APMS Alternative Provider Medical Services
AQP Any Qualified Provider
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder




BAMEBlack Asian & Minority Ethnic Group
BCF Better Care Fund
BIBusiness Intelligence


CAG Clinical Academic Group / BI Confidentiality Advisory Group
CAHS Community Adult Health Services
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group
CCT Community Care Team
C.Diff Clostridium Difficile
CEG Clinical Executive Group
CEPN Community Education Provider Networks
CHC Continuing Health Care
CHD Coronary Heart Disease
CHUFT Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust
CYPHP Children and Young Peoples Health Partnership
CIP Cost Improvement Plan
CMC Coordinate My Care
CO Chief Officer
CoIN Community of Interest Networks
CoM Council of Members
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CQUIN Commissioning for Quality and Innovation
CQC Care Quality Commission
CRG Clinical Reference Group
CRU Capital Resource Unit
CRS Central Referral System
CSG Commissioning Strategy Committee
CSP Commissioning Strategy Plan
CSU Commissioning Support Unit
CUHFT Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
CVD Cardiovascular disease
CVS Community and Voluntary Sector
CWG Clinical Working Group


DES Directed Enhanced Service
DH Department of Health
DN District Nurse
DNA Did Not Attend
DoH Department of Health
DoI Declaration of Interests
DoLS Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
DSE Display Screen Equipment


EA Executive Assistant
EAU Emergency Assessment Unit
ECG Electrocardiogram
ECC Essex County Council
ED Emergency Department
EDS Equality Delivery System
EEAST East of England Ambulance Service Trust
EIA Equality Impact Assessment
ENHCCG East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
EOG Expert Oversight Group
EOLC End of Life Care
EPEC Engagement and Patient Experience Committee
EPR Electronic Patient Record
EPRR Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response
EPUT Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
ESAB Essex Safeguarding Adults Board
ESCB Essex Safeguarding Children Board
ESR Electronic Staff Record
EWMHS Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service



FBC Full Business Case
FFT Friends and Family Test
FOI Freedom of Information
FT Foundation Trust


G&A General and Acute
GMS General Medical services
GPA General Practice Assistant
GPPS General Practitioner
GPPS General Practitioner Patient Survey
GPSIs General Practioners with Special Interest
GUM Genito-Urinary Medicine
GSF Gold Standards Framework


HB Health Board
HCA Health Care Assistant
HCP Health and Care Partnership
HCAI Healthcare Acquired Infections
HEE Health Education England
HEIA Health and Equality Impact Assessments
HFL Healthcare for London
HNA Health Needs assessment
HOSC Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (ECC’s)
HP Health Promotion
HPFT Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
HSJ Health Service Journal
HSMR Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio
HVCCG Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group
HWB Health and Wellbeing Board
HWE Healthwatch England


IAPT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
ICA Integrated Care Alliance
ICP Integrated Care Partnership
ICS Integrated Care System
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IFR Individual Funding Requests
IFRS International Financial Reporting Standards
IG Information Governance
IM&T Information Management and Technology
IS Independent Sector
IUC Integrated urgent care


JAG Joint Advisory Group
JSNA Joint Strategic Needs Assessment


KPI Key Performance Indicator


LAS London Ambulance Service
LCFS Local Counter Fraud Specialist
LCN Local Care Network
LD Learning Disabilities
LES Local Enhanced Services
LIS Local Incentive Scheme
LMC Local Medical Committee
LMNS Local Maternity and Neonatal System
LOS Length of Stay
LQS London Quality Standards
LRF Local Resilience Forum
LSPs Local Strategic Partnerships
LTC Long Term Condition



MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team
MEHT Mid Essex Hospitals Trust (Chelmsford)
MH Mental Health
MHFA Mental Health First Aider
MHT Mental Health Trust
MDT Multi-disciplinary Team
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MRSA Methicillin Resistant Strep Aureus
MTC Major Trauma Centre


NAG National Advisory Group
NAO National Audit Office
NED Non-Executive Director
NELCSU North East London Central Support Unit
NHSCC NHS Clinical Commissioners
NHSE NHS England
NHSI NHS Improvement
NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NMC Nursing and Midwifery Council


OBC Outline Business Case
ODL Organisational Development and Learning
OHCP One Health and Care Partnership
OOH Out of Hours
OP Outpatient Services
OSC Overview and Scrutiny Committee (local)
OTC Over the Counter


PACTs PCN Aligned Core Teams
PAH Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow)
PALS Patient Advice and Liaison Service
PbR Payment by Results
PC Planned Care
PCBC Pre-consultation Business Case
PCC Primary Care Careers
PCN Primary Care Network
PCSS Primary Care Support Service
PCT Primary Care Trust
PFI Private Finance Initiative
PH Public Health
PHB Personal Health Budgets
PHE Public Health England
PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
PID Patient Identifiable Data
PII Patient/Person Identifiable Information
POD Point of Delivery
PMO Programme Management Office
PMS Personal Medical Services
PPAG Patient and Public Advisory Group
PPE Patient and Public Engagement
PPG Patient Participation Group
PPI Patient and Public Involvement
PPR Personal Performance Review
PSED Public Sector Equality Duty


QAOG Quality Assurance and Oversight Group
QIPP Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention
QOF Quality and Outcomes Framework
QQUIP Quest for Quality and Improved Performance


RCM Royal College of Midwives
RCN Royal College of Nursing
RCOG Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
RMS Referral Management Service
RN Registered Nurse
RRL Revenue Resource Limit
RTT Referral to Treatment


SAR Subject Access Request
SBS Shared Business Services
SCR Summary Care Record
SHMI Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator
SI Serious Incident
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLT Speech and Language Therapy
SMH St Margaret’s Hospital
SMP Self Management Programme
SOC Strategic outline case
SOP Standard Operating procedure
SPA Single Point of Access
SPG Staff Partnership Group
STI Sexually Transmitted Infection
STP Sustainability and Transformation Partnership


TCI Transfer of Care Initiative
TOP Termination of Pregnancy


UC Urgent Care
UCC Urgent Care Centre
UEC Urgent and Emergency Care


VCS Voluntary and Community Sector
VFM Value for Money
VPN Virtual Private Network
VTE Venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)


WECCG West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
WHO World Health Organisation
WIC Walk in Centre
WTE Whole Time Equivalent