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We provide links here to some interactive search systems that will help you navigate Acronyms, Abreviations and jargon used in Health & Social Care, 


There will of course be some Regional or Discipline variations.

Sometimes the same acronym or abreviation will mean different things to different people. 


If you do not find your answer in any of these linked areas, contact us at the Forum.

We will try to secure an answer for you.

Commonly used  COVID-19 terminology


Click here  for NICE glossary


Click here  for Age UK's glossary


Click here  for  Public Health England




A UK Doctor explains 26 COVID-19 related Medical terms


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Glossaries of General Health Care and Mental Health related terms



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to access an extensive list of common acronyms & abbreviations used in Health & Social Care


 An App is also avaiable


The NHS Confederation offers information


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to visit the Jargon Buster on this Carer's Website


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to viie an extensive list of mental health related definitions

Remember - you cannot assume that everyone else in that meeting or everyone else reading that document understood the abbreviation, acronym, jargon or reference; some were probably just as confused as you and were embarrassed to admit it.  They may have been service users, carers, or even professionals - it can happen to anyone. There is no shame in politely challenging such language as you encounter it - in fact, you will be doing everyone a massive favour because Plain English needs to be used in mental health care as much as possible.

  • William Safire referred to Jargon as "Insiderisms"


  • Barry Ritholz’s practical approach described Jargon as "something groups develop as a shorthand to communicate among themselves"


  • Theodor Adorno believed "Jargon took over the task"


  • Ben Aaronovitch saw Jargon as the art of "turning nouns into verbs"


  • David Lehman described Jargon as "Verbal sleight of hand"


  • Wendy Kaminer saw it more poetically, describing Jargon as       "The only place where the right brain and left brain meet"


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