LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS SEEN IN TALKING POINT, AND SOME TALKING POINT JARGON Here is a list of some abbreviations which crop up in Talking Point (TP) postings (and at the end a small "Jargon" section). They include some medical terms, some terms to do with the care/benefits labyrinth, a few abbreviations used in emails and texts generally, and some which just seem to be used on Talking Point. Some are included which may seem "obvious", but it seemed better to err on the side of helpfulness to stressed readers. In an ideal world we'd all explain every abbreviation we use in our posts ... though not GP, NHS, etc ... but then we've got some non-UK readers too ... and often we're typing in stress if not actually in tears. So one way or another a list of abbreviations seems useful, along with the request that when posting please try to remember that other readers have widely varied experience and your "obvious" abbreviation might puzzle other people! A AA - Alzheimers Association (an AMERICAN organisation) AA - Attendance Allowance ABI - Acquired Brain Injury ABs - Antibiotics AD - Alzheimer's Disease ADLs - Activities of Daily Living AFAIK - As Far As I Know AFO - Ankle Foot Orthosis AKA - Also Known As ALF - Assisted Living Facility (perhaps US terminology) AM - Assembly Member (Wales) AMHP - Approved Mental Health Practitioner AQAA - Annual Quality Assurance Assessment (self-assessment by care homes etc) AS - Alzheimers Society AZ - Alzheimers Disease B BIL- Brother in Law BM - Bowel Movement BP - Blood Pressure BTW - By The Way C CA - Carer's Allowance CAB - Citizens Advice Bureau CAT - Computer Aided Tomography – xray examination of the body displayed as sections CBD - CorticoBasal Degeneration (=CBGD) CBGD - CorticoBasal Ganglionic Degeneration (=CBD) CCF - Congestive Cardiac Failure CCSVI - Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency C Diff or maybe CD - clostridium difficile (a "superbug") CD - Chronic diarrohea CDN - Community Dementia Nurse CH - Care Home CHC - Continuing Health Care (NHS) CJD - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease CLA - Community Legal Advice CMHN - Community Mental Health Nurse CMT - Charcot Marie Tooth disease (not a dental disease - nerve condition, named after Dr Tooth and others) CoP - Court of Protection COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease CP - Caring Partner CPA - Care Programme Approach CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse CQC - Care Quality Commission CRAG - Charging for Residential Accommodation Guidelines CSCI - Commission for Social Care Inspection CSSIW - Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales CST - Cognitive Stimulation Therapy CT scan = CAT scan = Computer Aided Tomography CVA - Cerebrovascular Accident (stroke) D D&V - Diarrhea and Vomiting DACS- Department of Adult Care and Support DC - Day Centre / Day Care DD/DS/DH/DW - Dear/Darling Daughter/Son/Husband/Wife (etc) DIL - Daughter In Law DLA - Disability Living Allowance DLB - Dementia with Lewy Bodies DN – District Nurse DNR - Do Not Resuscitate DoLS - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards DP - Direct Payments DPA - Data Protection Act DST - Decision Support Tool DV - Deo volente/God willing OR D&V above DVLA - Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority DVT - Deep Vein Thrombosis DW - Dear Wife DWP - Department of Work and Pensions Dx - Diagnosis OR Discharge (from hospital) E ECG - Electro Cardiogram ECT - Electro Convulsive Therapy EDC - Enhanced Day Care/Centre EEG - Electro Encephalogram (Electrodes attached to the brain to monitor brain activity) EMH - Elderly Mental Health (unit, team, nurse, etc) EMI - Elderly Mentally Infirm (unit, team, etc)look EMD - Elderly Mentally Dependent (unit, team, etc)w EMDASS - early memory diagnosis and support services. EMU - Elderly Mobility Unit - a ward that the elderly are taken if a break is suspected EOAD - Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease EOD- Early Onset Dementia EPA - Enduring Power of Attorney (replaced by LPA) ESA - Employment and Support Allowance (successor to Incapacity Benefit) F FACE - Functional Analysis of the Care Environment FACS - Fair Access to Care Servicesŵ FAST - Face, Arms, Speech, Time (to call 999) - Stroke signs reminder FFCHC - Fully Funded Continuing Health Care FIL - Father in law FOI - Freedom of Information Act FTD - Frontotemporal Dementia FTL - Fronto Temporal Lobal Disease FWIW - For What It's Worth G GA - General Anaesthetic GMC - General Medical Council GP - General Practitioner (family doctor) GSF - Gold Standards Framework (an end of life care framework) H HMRC - Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (the tax man) HTH - (I) Hope That Helps (eg after offering some info or advice) I ICAS - Independent Complaints Advocacy Service ICO - Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection, Freedom of Information etc) IHT - Inheritance Tax IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocate IMHO/IMO - In My (Humble) Opinion J JSA - Job Seeker's Allowance (unemployment benefit) L LA - Local Authority (the council) LBD - Lewy Body Dementia, also called Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) LCP - Liverpool Care Pathway LFT - Liver Function Test LHB - Local Health Board (Wales) LO - Loved One LOL - Laughing Out Loud OR Lots of Love LPA - Lasting Power of Attorney (successor to EPA) M MAR - Medication Administration Record (kept by care homes etc) MCA - Mental Capacity Act MDT - Multi Disciplinary Team MEP - Member of the European Parliament MIL- Mother in law MMSE - Mini Mental State Examination MND - Motor Neurone Disease MOD/MODERATOR - See Jargon section at end MP - Member of Parliament MRI scan - scanning with Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRSA - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (a "superbug") MSP - Member of the Scottish Parliament MSU - Midstream Sample of Urine MI - Multple Infarction N NF - National Framework (for NHS Continuing Healthcare) NH - Nursing Home NHS - National Health Service (for the benefit of our overseas readers!) NHS CC - NHS Continuing Care NHS CHC - NHS Continuing Healthcare NICE - National Institute for Clinical Excellence NOK - Next Of Kin O OH - Other Half (spouse or partner) OMG - Oh My God! OP - Original Poster (ie the person who started the "Thread") OPG - Office of the Public Guardian OT - Occupational Therapist OTOH - On The Other Hand P PALS - Patient Advice and Liaison Service PC - Personal Computer OR Pension Credit PCA - Posterior Cortical Atrophy (also referred to as Benson's syndrome) PCT -Primary Care Trust/ local health authorities now PDSG- Picks Disease Support Group PEG - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (a feeding tube is inserted directly into the abdomen) PET (scan) - Positron Emission Tomography PHN - Primary Health Need PICU - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (in the USA and Oz, pediatric intensive care unit) PIP - Personal Independence Payment (to replace DLA in 2013/14) PM - Private Message See Jargon section at end POA - Power Of Attorney POC - Package Of Care POV - Point Of View POVA - Protection of Vulnerable Adults PRIVATE MESSAGE - See Jargon section at end PRN - (of medication) To be given as required (Latin: Pro Re Nata) PWD- people/person with dementia R RMN - Registered Mental Nurse RNCC - Registered Nursing Care Contribution ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing S SALT - Speech And Language Therapy/ist SAP - Single Assessment Process SF - Step-Father SHA - Strategic Health Authority SIL - Sister in Law OR Son in Law SM - Step-Mother SMI - Severely Mentally Impaired (as in Council Tax exemption) SNH - Skilled Nursing Home (perhaps US terminology) SOVA or SVAA - Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Act 2006 SPECAL - Special Early Care for Alzheimer's SPECT scan - Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography scan SS - Social Services (department of the Local Authority) STICKY - See Jargon section at end SU - Service User SW - Social Worker T TBH - To Be Honest TFT - Thyroid Function Test THREAD - See Jargon section at end TIA - Transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke) OR Thanks In Advance TP - Talking Point(!) TV - Tissue Viability (as in TV nurse, looking at pressure sores etc) U UTI - Urinary Tract Infection. U&E's - Ureas & Electrolytes = testing for potassium levels V VA - Vulnerable Adult VaD or VD - Vascular Dementia W WEF - With Effect From (date) Y YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (ie everyone's experience is different!) JARGON See also the "HELP" information: click on "Help" on the bar at the top of the TP display. MODERATOR: There are a group of volunteer Moderators (or "Mods") who keep an eye on Talking Point, remove any inappropriate messages, and generally help keep it a safe and useful place for everyone. They can edit messages posted by other members. PERSONAL MESSAGE: A Private Message (or "PM") sent from one person to another within the Talking Point system. It cannot be read by other people. To send a PM, click on the person's name and choose "Send a private message" from the list of options which appears. "PM" can also be used as a verb as in "If you PM me ...". If you receive a PM, there will be a message at the top right of your screen. You can also arrange to get an email notification of any PMs: go to "My Account" at the top of the screen, then "Edit options" and look for the appropriate one. STICKY: A thread which stays visible at the top of the list whether or not there have been any recent contributions. Used for information which will be useful to read at any time and needs to be easy to find. THREAD: A series of messages created when one person creates a new message by clicking on "+Post New Thread" at the top of a forum. Other people add responses by clicking on "+ Post a comment". You can use the "Thread Tools" (see button at top of page) to "subscribe" to a thread so that you get an email notification when anyone replies to it. Based on Cliff's 2007 list (http://forum.alzheimers.org.ukshowthread.php?t=7944&page=6, post 81, in thread "Glossary of abbreviations"), with additions and editing by PamD.