Abbreviations List and Dementia Talking Point Jargon

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  1. #1 PamD, Aug 14, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 3, 2017

    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!


    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
    BIL- Brother in Law
    BM - Bowel Movement
    BP - Blood Pressure
    BTW - By The Way
    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&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)
    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)
    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
    GA - General Anaesthetic
    GMC - General Medical Council
    GP - General Practitioner (family doctor)
    GSF - Gold Standards Framework (an end of life care framework)
    HMRC - Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (the tax man)
    HTH - (I) Hope That Helps (eg after offering some info or advice)
    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
    JSA - Job Seeker's Allowance (unemployment benefit)
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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

    RMN - Registered Mental Nurse
    RNCC - Registered Nursing Care Contribution
    ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
    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
    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)
    UTI - Urinary Tract Infection.
    U&E's - Ureas & Electrolytes = testing for potassium levels
    VA - Vulnerable Adult
    VaD or VD - Vascular Dementia
    WEF - With Effect From (date)
    YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (ie everyone's experience is different!)

    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 (, post 81, in thread "Glossary of abbreviations"), with additions and editing by PamD.
  2. susiesue

    susiesue Registered User

    Mar 15, 2007
    Hi Pam

    What a brilliant idea and so helpful!

  3. Christin

    Christin Registered User

    Jun 29, 2009
    Yes, quite brilliant. A sticky would be a great help.
  4. thatwoman

    thatwoman Registered User

    Mar 25, 2009
    What a wonderfully helpful lady you are! This will be so helpful as a sticky! Thanks, Sue xxx
  5. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    Thank you Pam . I will stick this Thread . It will be most helpful.
  6. Onlyme

    Onlyme Registered User

    Apr 5, 2010
    What a great idea and it will save me having to look them up all the time.

    May I also suggest

    OH = other half and

    DH = dear husband
  7. Reply to Lemony

    DH is already there, though bundled with DD etc; OH now added, thanks for the suggestion. Pam
  8. JPG1

    JPG1 Account Closed

    Jul 16, 2008
    May I also suggest:

    CAB – Citizens Advice Bureau
    CLA – Community Legal Advice
    CoP – Cout of Protection

    DNR – Do not resuscitate
    DoLS – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
    DPA – Data Protection Act
    DST – Decision Support Tool

    FOIA – Freedom of Information Act

    GMC – General Medical Council

    LHB – Local Health Board (Wales)

    MCA – Mental Capacity Act
    MDT – Multi Disciplinary Team
    MMSE – Mini Mental State Examination

    NF – National Framework (for NHS Continuing Healthcare)
    NHS CHC – NHS Continuing Healthcare
    NICE – National Institute for Clinical Escellence
    NOK – Next of Kin

    OPG – Office of the Public Guardian

    PALS – Patient Advice and Liaison Service
    POVA – Protection of Vulnerable Adults

    RMN – Registered Mental Nurse

    SAP – Single Assessment Process
  9. miss cool

    miss cool Registered User

    Jul 20, 2010
    O my that is good . but this is my problem,you say save ?????? thats my problem.... love miss cool xxxxx
  10. Reply to JPG1

    Thanks for the suggestions - all added. And I liked the split by letter of alphabet, so have done that too.

    Is NHS CC the same as NHS CHC?

  11. JPG1

    JPG1 Account Closed

    Jul 16, 2008
    No, they're not the same thing.

    NHS Continuing Care (CC) is almost an umbrella term for care provided over a long period of time, by either the NHS and/or the local authority. NHS Continuing Care can just mean the 'nursing care contribution' to care home fees, for example, with the resident being responsible for all other care home costs.

    NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is care fully-funded by the NHS (without means testing, and without contribution from the person with the need for care) provided if your need for care relates to what they call 'a primary health need'.

    PHN - primary health need could be added to the long list.
  12. another reply to JPG1

    Thanks. Added PHN. Pam
  13. jimbo 111

    jimbo 111 Registered User

    Jan 23, 2009
    North Bucks
    B****y marvelous- Will someone now put it in a spot where we can easily find and remember where to find it
    Congratulations a lot of work there
    jimbo 111
  14. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    This is superb, BRILLIANT! Well done Pam.

    Can we also add:

    DACS - Department of Adult Care & Support

    Also, can anyone explain the meaning of "DACS Social Worker (OP/PD)"?

    Also what does SWP FACE stand for?
  15. JPG1

    JPG1 Account Closed

    Jul 16, 2008
    Don't know about SWP, other than South West P (PCT? maybe)

    but FACE stands for Functional Analysis of the Care Environment. (Serves you right for asking!) Extremely useful, and extremely informative though.

    As in:
  16. DACS and FACE added: thanks for suggestions. Pam
  17. Hi Jimbo, glad you like it. Granny G has kindly made it into a "sticky" which means it always appears at the top of the list of threads on the "Support for people with dementia and their carers" board: I hope that's easy to find for you.

    I agree that in an ideal world we'd explain our abbreviations on first use as your typists were trained to do, but we're all coping with far from ideal situations. It's also much easier in a work context where people know which abbreviations are in common use in that organisation/field of interest, whereas here we have TP members with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. I'm glad if I can help people by gathering together a key to the abbreviations which get used - it's the retired librarian in me! Pam
  18. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Thanks Jpg1,
    I had wrongly assumed that FACE was a reference to "face to face" - as in face to face discussion!!! Or something like that.
  19. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Thanks Pam, gosh no wonder I couldn't work that one out!

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