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Jargon and acronym buster

We know that the language used in healthcare can sometimes be quite confusing, especially when acronyms are concerned. To make life a little easier, we try very hard to ensure that we spell out acronyms in full at first mention and then put the abbreviation in brackets, for example, Strategic Clinical Network (SCN).

We’ve also put together a list of all the acronyms we’ve used on this site, and at the bottom of this page you’ll find links to other acronym and jargon busters.           

ACP  Advance Care Planning
ADRT Advanced Decision to Refuse Treatment
AF Atrial Fibrillation
AHSNs Academic Health Science Networks
AKI Acute Kidney Injury
APPG All Party Parliamentary Group
AQuA  Advancing Quality Alliance
AT  Area Team
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group
C&M Cheshire and Merseyside
CKD Chronic Kidney Disease
CMPCNAG Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Network Audit Group
CMPHN Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative Service
CMSCN Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network
CNG Clinical Network Group
COCH Countess of Chester Hospital
COSD Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset
CQUIN Commissioning for Quality and Innovation
CRUK Cancer Research UK
CSU Commissioning Support Unit
CVD Cardiovascular disease
CWP Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
CWW Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral
CYP Children and Young People
DNACPR Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
eGFR Estimated glomerular filtration rate (acronym does start with lower case)
FFT Friends and family test
HAWB Health and wellbeing board
HEE Health Education England
IAPT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
IGR Impaired Glucose Regulation
LD Learning Disability
LEPs Local Enterprise Partnerships
LMH Liaison Mental Health
LSC Lancashire and South Cumbria
LTC Long Term Conditions
LUCADA National Lung Cancer Audit Database
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team
MH Mental Health
MHDN Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions
MPET Multi professional education and training
NBOCAP National Bowel Cancer Audit Programme
NCIN National Cancer Intelligence Network

NDPP

National Diabetes Prevention Programme

NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NMHIN National Mental Health Intelligence Network
NWCAHSH North West Coast Academic Health Science Network
NWAS North West Ambulance Service
NWC SCN North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks
P&EoLC Palliative and End of Life Care
PHE Public Health England
PPI Patient and Public Involvement
PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
QIPP Quality Improvement Productivity and Prevention
RCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
SABINE Saving Babies in the North of England
SCN Strategic Clinical Network
SGA Small for Gestational Age
SIG Special Interest Group
SMT Senior Management Team
STPs Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

 Other acronym/jargon busters