NHS Acronym buster

If you are confused by the language commonly used by people working in and around the National Health Service this guide aims to help you. It covers definitions of over 1000 commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the NHS.
Graphic of two people speaking

The guide covers amongst other things:

  • Conditions, e.g. AF - atrial fibrillation
  • Services, e.g. IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
  • Institutions, e.g. ACDP - Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
  • Staff, ​​​​​​​e.g. ANP - advanced nurse practitioner

It is available as a website and also as an App for phones and tablets.

Looking for information about health and care?

Find advice and information to help you stay well and make decisions about your health and social care support.

Find advice and information