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MAPA training Management of Actual or Potential Aggression training
MAU Medical assesment unit
MC Mental capacity

Mental capacity act (2005)

MD Manic depression (a lesser used name for Bipolar disorder)
MDT Multi-disciplinary team
MDX Multiple diagnosis
MHO Mental health order (NI) (1986)
Mental capacity act (2005) Click here for document
Mental health act (1983) Click here for document
Mental health act (2007) Click here for document
Mental health order (NI) (1986) Click here for document

Mental health care pathway

(with the cover title - You in mind)

Click here for document
MH Mental health

US -- The Mental Helath Forum

MIU Minor injuries unit
MMH Maternal mental health

Manic depressive disorder 

(a lesser used name for Bipolar disorder)

MOA Management of aggression

Magnetic resonance imaging

(type of scan)

Multi-disciplinary team A team made up of people sharing a common focus but trained in differenct profesional fields


NAD Nothing abnormal detected/discovered
Nervous breakdown A general term used by patients or non-professionals which does not correspond directly or consistently with any specific condition/symptom

Next of kin/nearest relative

(These are not always the same thing)

Nearest relative is the person highest on the following list (Husband or Wife or Parnter - Coresiding partner of 6 months or more - Daughter or son - Father or Mother - Brother or Sister - Grandfather or Grandmother - Aunt or Uncle - Nephew or Niece)
NHS National health service
NID Northern Ireland direct
NIGPC Northern Ireland General Practitioners Committee
NHSCT Northern health and social care trust
NICE National institute for health and care excellence
NICE guidelines - CG136 (2011)

Clinical guidance with evidence based advice for ensuring good experiences of mental health care in the NHS.

Neurosis A relatively mild mental illness involving symptoms of stress but not a radical loss of touch with reality.


OBS Observations
Obsession Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety
OCD Obsessive compulsive disorder
OD Overdose
ODAAT One day at a time
OG On-going
OOH Out of hours
OP Out-patient
OPPC Older people and Primary Care
OT Occupational therapy(ist)
OTC Over the counter (medication)


Paranoia a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance
PARIS system The  electronic patient record system in use by The Southern Trust
Parity Equality
Partners in care Service users, carers and professionals working together to achieve the best care outcome possible
PHA Public health agency
PHC Primary health care
Phobia An irrational and dibilitating fear of somethng
PICU Psychiatric intensive care unit

Personal independance payment

(phased replacement of DLA)

"Plain english"  Simple undestandable words rather than clinical or legal terms etc
PLIG Protect life Implimentation Group
POA Psychiatry in old age
PPI Personal and public involvement
PQC Promoting quality care
Promoting quality care (2010) Good practice guidance on assessment and mangement of risk
Promoting wellbeing team Access link here
Protect life Generic adjective phrase used to describe any event or initiative that seeks to prevent suicide
Protect life The title of the NI Strategy document
PSW Peer support worker
PWT Promoting wellbeing team


RAID Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge
RCGP Royal college of general practitioners
RCN Royal college of nursing
RCP Royal college of physicians
RCPSYCH Royal college of psychiatrists
Recovery In the medical model this would usually mean 'cure' but in modern terms of mental health it could refer to an individuals journey towards a fulfilling life with or without the presence of symptoms; as everyone's journey is different there can be no one definitive definition. See Recovery resources
Recovery college

An environment of shared learning where service users, professionals and carers can all participate equally. Recovery colleges may be in a fixed location or choose to use a range of community settings.

Recovery college courses are co-produced and co-delivered.

Recovery for all (2010) Hope Agency and Opportunity in psychiatry
RN Registered nurse
RQIA Regulation and quality improvement authority



SAD Seasonal affective disorder
SAD Social anxiety disorder
SAD Schizo-affective disorder
SAI Serious adverse incident
SCAD Schizo-affective disorder
SHIP Self harm intervention programme
Semi-colon project The use of pen-drawn or permanently tattooed semi-colon on the wrist, neck or other body part to mark a life that could have ended but did not.
SEN Special educational needs
Sensemaker (2012) (2015) Generally used to refer to a n auditing process that gathered Users and carers experience of mental health services in N.Ireland. The term actually relates to the  unique software package used to collate and analyse the gathered data.
Service user A person who accesses statutory mental heath services for their care
Service user facing A document/process designed to be viewed or used by service users.
Shared care model GPs and Mental health teams working together to provide care
SHIP Self harm intervention programme
SHO Senior house officer
SHSCT Southern health and social care trust
Signposting Giving contact information of a person or organisation who may be able to help.
SMART (with reference to goal setting) Specific - Measurable - Achievable - Realistic - Time specified

Spoon theory

(Internet based explanation tool)

Click here to read a wonderful explanation of what is can be like living with a chronic illness
SRO Senior responsible officer
SSIB Suicide strategy implimentation body
Stakeholder Any one of the various groups involved in the new model of parthership working - eg: carer, professional, service user
Statutory services Services provided by a local authority as a matter of course (eg schools, NHS)
SU Service user
SW Social  worker
SWOT (in assessment & in committee) Strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats
SOAR Safeguarding of adults at risk of harm (new terminology instead of SOVA)
SOVA Safeguarding of vulnerable adults (see now SOAR as new terminology)
Suicide prevention strategy Protect Life 2012
Syndrome A recognised pattern of signs and symptoms 


Trigger Something that sparks a response leading to re-emergence or exacerbation of symptoms.
TRIP Team recovery implementaion plan (laying out plans to adapt a recovery approach to working)


UCSIG User and Carer service improvement group


WHSCT Western health and social care trust
WHO World health organisation
WRAP Wellness recovery action planning


You in mind (2014) Main title of all The Care Pathway documents


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