We are working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust as the North London Mental Health Partnership.

Acronym buster

The NHS is full of acronyms and while we will always try to spell out any acronyms we use on the website, we thought this page maybe helpful to you in other situations.

This glossary is an ongoing project so if you have any acronyms that you would like to add then please then suggest them on the feedback form at the bottom of this page. We will include all those that are suitable on our website.


AARAfter Action Review
ADLsActivities of Daily Living
AfCAgenda for Change
AHPAllied Health Professional
AHSC   Academic Health Science Centre
AHSNAcademic Health Science Network
AMHP  Approved Mental Health Professional
AMRAntimicrobial resistance


BAF      Board Assurance Framework
BMEBlack and minority ethnic
BPSBritish Psychological Society
BNFBritish National Formulary


CAMHSChild and adolescent mental health services
Carenotes C&I Electronic Patient Record System
CBTCognitive Behavioural Therapy
cBUG Camden Borough User (Mental Health) Group
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group(s)
CCTCommunity care team
CIDRCamden Integrated Digital Record
CIP     Cost Improvement Programme
CLAHRCCollaboration for leadership in applied health research and care
CMDCommon mental disorder
CMHIINCamden Mental Health Information and Involvement Network
CMHTCommunity Mental Health Team
CMSCamden Memory Service
CNJ   Camden New Journal local newspaper
COGCouncil of Governors
COOChief Operating Officer
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPACare Programme Approach
CPD Continuing professional development
CPMHChartered Physiotherapists in Mental Health
CPNCommunity psychiatric nurse
CPPEGCamden Patient and Public Engagement Group
CQC  Care Quality Commission
CQUIN Commissioning for quality and innovation
CRBCriminal Records Bureau
CRISClinical Record Interactive Search
CRSOPCommunity Recover Service for Older People
CSP Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
CSTCognitive Stimulation Therapy (a group treatment for people with dementia)
CSU   Commissioning support unit


DBSDisclosure and barring service
DH   Department of Health
DNA  Did not attend
DNRDo not resuscitate
DOLSDeprivation of Liberty Safeguards
DPAData Protection Act


EBITDA Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
ECT    Electro Convulsive Therapy (used to treat very severe depression)
EIP  Early intervention in psychosis
EISEarly Intervention Service
EPR  Electronic Patient Record – please see RiO & Carenotes
EPSElectronic prescription service
ERICEstates Return Information Collection
ESRElectronic staff record


FFT  Friends and Family Test
FGM Female genital mutilation
FOI Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
FT    Foundation Trust
FY  Foundation year 1 / 2 etc for doctors


GMCGeneral Medical Council


HAZMAT  Hazardous materials
H&H  Ham and High local newspaper
HCAHealth care assistant
HFMA  Healthcare Financial Management Association
HIA Health Impact Assessment
HONOSThis is the tool used to allocate patients to a care cluster
HSJ   Health Service Journal
HWCHealthwatch Camden
HWEHealthwatch England
HWIHealthwatch Islington
HTTHome Treatment Team


IAPTImproving Access to Psychological Therapies
IBug Islington Borough User (Mental Health) Group
ICPIntegrated care pilot
ICT    Information and communications technology
IG     Information governance


KPI Key performance indicator


LALocal Authority
LAALocal area agreement
L&D  Learning and Development
LDLearning Disability (service)
LETBs   Local education and training boards


MATS Memory Assessment and Treatment Service (Islington)
MDAMedical device alert
MDT  Multi-disciplinary team
MHA Mental Health Act
MHLDDS Mental Health and Learning Disability Data Set
MHRTMental health review tribunal
MWIA   Mental well-being impact assessment


NHSINHS Improvement
NHSIQ  NHS Improving Quality
NHSLANHS Litigation Authority
NHSPNHS Professionals (an agency providing staff for the NHS)
NICEThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NIHRNational Institute for Health Research
NPSA  National Patient Safety Agency


OTOccupational Therapist
RCOTRoyal College of Occupational Therapists


PBC Practice-based commissioning
PHBPersonal Health Budget
PICU    Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
PID Project initiation document
PIP Personal independence payment
PHSOParliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
PRB Pay review body
PSSPsychiatrists' Support Service


QA Quality assurance
QIAQuality impact assessment
QIPPQuality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention 
QOF  Quality and outcomes framework


RAID  Rapid assessment, interface and discharge
RCN   Royal College of Nursing
RCPSYCHRoyal College of Psychiatrists
RiOThe electronic patient record system
RNRegistered nurse


SAMH Service for Ageing and Mental Health
SI   Serious incident
SLMService Line Managers (refers to who comes to the meeting)
SLT Senior Leadership Team (comprised of heads of departments / services, directors, and associate directors)
START An intervention for carers of people with dementia


TUPE  Transfer of Undertakings (protection of employment) regulations


WTE   Whole time equivalent


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