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QA Quality assurance
Q2H Every 2 hours (medication)
Q3H Every 3 hours (medication)
Q4H Every 4 hours (medication)
QAM Every morning (medication)
QD Once a day (medication)
QHS Every night at bedtime (medication)
QID 4  times a day (medication)
QN Every night (medication)
QOF Quality & Outcomes Framework
QOD Every other day (medication)


R Relapse
RA Risk assessment
RAID Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge
RB Responsible body
RCA Root cause analysis
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
REL Relapse
RFC Request for comment
RLS Restless leg syndrome
RM Resource management
RN Registered nurse
RNR Rest and relaxation
RQIA Regulation and quality improvement authority
RTT Referral to treatment
RV Review
Rx Prescription



SAD Seasonal affective disorder
SAD Social anxiety disorder
SAD Schizo-affective disorder
SAI Serious adverse incident
SCAD Schizo-affective disorder
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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