Abbreviations List and Dementia Talking Point Jargon

Discussion in 'Helpful websites' started by PamD, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    DDA = Disability Discrimination Act

    This list will never be finished Pam, thanks again for starting it!
  2. Gsf

    Just added Gold Standards Framework
  3. jimbo 111

    jimbo 111 Registered User

    Jan 23, 2009
    North Bucks

    I knew this thread existed but until yesterday I had never had any reason to use it,
    I was very frustrated having to search for it , eventualy I typed in search 'Abbreviations list '

    I note the following

    " 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."

    is it not possible to make this thread a ' sticky'

    jimbo 111
  4. SerenaS

    SerenaS Administrator
    Staff Member

    Apr 7, 2011
  5. Just added TV = Tissue Viability, inspired by the current pressure-sore thread. Pam
  6. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    West Midlands
    Just looking around this site and found this list

    I have used CCF in my posts (Congestive Cardiac Failure) and its one of the reasons why my mum has mixed Vascular Demential along with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
  7. Thanks, 2Jays - CCF and COPD now listed (surprised we hadn't already got the 2nd one). Pam
  8. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    West Midlands
    Talking Point

    I have had another look at the A-Z and what pops up for me is

    Talking therapies
    Training, learning and development in dementia care
    Travelling and going on holiday

    No TP link and I see from your initial list on here there should be more items

    is it my computer?
  9. D&V added today after a comment on a thread involving it (and a note at DV too for good measure). Pam
  10. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    Thank you Pam. :)
  11. Norfolkgirl

    Norfolkgirl Account Closed

    Jul 18, 2012
  12. Thanks, Norfolkgirl: VA now added.

  13. Prn

    Added, having seen it in a recent post and puzzled it out!
  14. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    Near Southampton
    What does it mean please?
    There are a number of additions of abbreviations on this thread without any mention of what they stand for thus rendering them of little use to others. Or are they somewhere else?
  15. HI Saffie, The list is the first message in the thread. I hope you find it useful!

    PIP is Personal Independence Payment (to replace DLA in 2013/14)

    Are there any abbreviations people are using which aren't on the list? I'm not following the forum as much as I used to so might well be missing things.

  16. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    Near Southampton
    Thank you Pam. If I use an abbreviation, I usually put it in brackets afterwards the first time used in a post but not for what I would think are obvious ones e.g. AD of VD.
  17. That's certainly good practice, but the problem is that one person's "obvious" isn't another's - especially when we've got new members of TP who haven't met its quirky abbreviations like MiL, and non-UK people who don't know things like LA for Local Authority, and people who have and haven't encountered all sorts of medical tests and conditions, and people who have and haven't been emailing/texting for years, and ...

    It seemed like a good idea to create a list: I think it's the retired librarian in me finding a comfortable niche way to help people!

    And, as I say, do let me know if you spot any abbreviation in a post which isn't yet in the list and should be - I have email alerts for messages in this thread, so I'll get the message.

  18. jeddy

    jeddy Registered User

    Jun 30, 2013
    Hi, I would love to read the list of abbreviations but please could you use a more normal colour eg black on white, as the dark blue is virtually unreadable to me on my tablet. I do have a minor degree of colour blindness but this is not uncommon so other people may have the same problem.

    Many thanks


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Talking Point mobile app
  19. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    #99 jenniferpa, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 3, 2013
    Hi Jeddy.

    Here is the first post in black and white


    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
    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
    CT scan = CAT scan = Computer Aided Tomography
    CVA - Cardio Vascular Accident

    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)
    EMD - Elderly Mentally Dependent (unit, team, etc)
    EMU - Elderly Mobility Unit - a ward that the elderly are taken if a break is suspected
    EOAD - Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease
    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 Services
    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 Disease
    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)

    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)
    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.
  20. CaringDaughter

    CaringDaughter Registered User

    Sep 22, 2013

    Pam - you're amazing. Thank you.

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