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Local mental health and social care acronyms. Please select a letter.


ACS
Adult Care Services

AD
Advanced Directive

AOB
Any Other Business

AOT
Assertive Outreach Team

AP
Action Plan

AP
Adult Protection

ASM
Area Service Manager

ASW
Approved Social Worker


BHSHA
Beds & Herts Strategic Health Authority

BMA
British Medical Association

BME
Black and Ethnic Minority


CA
Clinical Audit

CAB
Citizens Advice Bureau

CAMHS
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CATT
Crisis Assessment and Treament Team

CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CDAT
Community Drug & Alcohol Team

CE
Clinical Effectiveness

CG
Clinical Goverance

CHI
Commission for Health Improvement

CMHT
Community Mental Health Team

CP
Care Plan

CPA
Care Programme Approach

CPD
Continuing Professional Development

CPN
Community Psychiatric Nurse

CRE
Commission for Racial Equality

CST
Community Support Team

CSW
Carer's Support Worker

CTO
Compulsory Treatment Order

CTT
Community Treatment Team

CVS
Council for Voluntary Services


DD
Dual Diagnosis

DDA
Disability Discrimination Act

DDS
Department of Social Security

DEA
Disability Employment Advisor

DHA
District Health Authority

DLA
Disability Living Allowance

DNA
Did Not Attend

DoH
Department of Health

DRC
Disability Rights Commission

DWP
Department of Works and Pensions


eCPA
Electronic Care Programme Approach

ECT
Electro Convulsive Therapy

EIP
Early Intervention in Psychosis

EMI
Elderly Mentally Ill

EO
Equal Opportunities

EPR
Electonic Patient Record


GMC
General Medical Council

GP
General Practioner

GSSC
General Social Care Council


H&S
Health & Safety

HHIS
Hertfordshire Health Informatics Service

HNA
Health Needs Assessment

HP
Health Promotion

HPT
Hertfordshire Parnership Trust

HR
Human Resources

HRDSU
Hertfordshire Research & Development Support Unit


IAHSP
Institute of Applied Health & Social Policy

IT
Information Technology

IWL
Improving Working Lives

IYMH
Investing in Your Mental Health


JCPB
Joint Commissioning Partnership Board

JCT
Joint Commissioning Team


LD
Learning Disability

LDP
Local Delivery Plan

LIT
Local Implementation Team


MDT
Multi-disciplinary Teams

MH
Mental Health

MHA
Mental Health Act

MHSOP
Mental Health Services for Older People

MHSW
Mental Health Support Worker


NICE
National Institute for Clinical Excellence

NIMHE
National Institute for Mental Health in England

NSF
National Service Framework

NVQ
National Vocational Qualification


OAT's
Out of Area Treatments

OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OT
Occupational Therapy


PACE
Practice Audit & Clinical Effectiveness

PALS
Patient Advice & Liaison Service

PCT
Primary Care Trust

PD
Personality Disorder

PDP
Personal Development Plan

PEAT
Patient Environment Action Team

PG
Practice Governance

PICU
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

PoHWER
People of Herts Want Equal Rights

PPI
Patient & Public Involvement

PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


RGN
Registered General Nurse

RSW
Registered Social Worker


SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder

SCG
Strategic Co-ordinating Group

SEMI
Severe & Enduring Mental Illness

SHA
Strategic Health Authority

SHO
Senior House Officer

SLA
Service Level Agreement


T&D
Training & Development


UH
University of Hertfordshire


WDF
Workforce Development Forum

WHO
World Health Organisation









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