Abbreviation Term and Description
AHSN Academic Health Science Network
It aims to bring together health services, academic and industry members to improve patient outcomes and generate economic benefits for the UK by promoting and encouraging the adoption of innovation in healthcare.
Academy
A state-funded school in England that is directly funded by the Department of Education. Academies are self-governing and independent of local authority control.
A&E Accident and Emergency
The hospital department dealing with life-threatening situations and emergencies.
ABI Acquired Brain Injury
Brain damage caused by events after birth, rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder.
Acute Care
Where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery.
ANP Advanced Nurse Practitioner
A registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge and complex decision-making and clinical skills for expanded practice.
ABV Alcohol by Volume
The unit of measure of strength of pure alcohol in an alcoholic drink.
AHP Allied Health Professionals
Professional services which are allied to medicine, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, podiatry and occupational therapy.
Ambulance Trust
An organisation responsible for providing ambulance services within a defined geographic area
AGM Annual General Meeting
A meeting that official bodies, and associations involving the general public, are often required by law (or the constitution, charter, by-laws etc. governing the body) to hold.
AQP Any Qualified Provider
A means of commissioning certain NHS services in England. Clinical Commissioning Groups will determine the services to be commissioned as AQP; the intention is to increase patient choice.
AWP Any Willing Provider
Model for providing healthcare. Providers of care are selected from a list of those willing to offer it and who meet certain standards.
AMHP Approved Mental Health Professional
An AMHP can recommend that a person is detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act (sectioned) or receives a community treatment order. The role is often held by specially trained social workers but can also be carried out by occupational therapists, community mental health nurses and psychologists.
Arden GEM CSU Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit
A Commissioning Support Unit that provides a range of services to Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
APC Area Prescribing Committee
Established in 2014 to make local decisions about medicines and prescription products which are funded by the partner Clinical Commissioning Groups. This committee has representation from each of the CCGs and the NHS Trusts providing healthcare to the local population.
AT Area Team
In April 2015 the 27 Area Teams in NHS England were integrated into the four existing regional teams: London, Midlands & East, North and South. See Regional Teams.
AOT Assertive Outreach Teams
Part of secondary mental health services and are usually attached to the Community Mental Health Team. They work with people who are 18 to 65 years old who have particularly complex needs and need more intensive support to work with services.
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
A group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
A neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others, and how they make sense of the world around them. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviours, interests and activities.
BCF Better Care Fund
Creates a local, single, pooled budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their wellbeing as the focus of health and care services.