AAPT

Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology http://www.aaptuk.org/

ABHS

Association of Biomedical Healthcare Scientists

ACB

Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine http://www.acb.org.uk/

ACC

Association for Clinical Cytogenetics https://www.cytogenetics.org.uk/index.html

ACE

Association for Clinical Embryologists https://www.embryologists.org.uk/

ACEM

Association of Clinical Electron Microscopists http://www.acem.org.uk/

ACPE

Association for Clinical Physiology Education

ACPRC

Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care https://www.acprc.org.uk/

ACS

Association of Clinical Scientists http://assclinsci.org/acsHome.aspx

ADSHG

Addison’s Disease Self Help Group

AESP

Accredited Expert Scientific Practice

AGIP

Association of Gastro Intestinal Physiologists https://www.bsg.org.uk/bsg-sections/association-of-gi-physiologists.html

AHCS

Academy for Healthcare Science https://www.ahcs.ac.uk/

AHPO

Associations of Health Professionals in Ophthalmology http://www.ahpo.net/

Andrology

Andrology is the branch of Reproductive Science focusing on male sexual health.

ANS

Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (previously EPTA) https://www.ansuk.org/

AoRMC

Academy of Royal Medical Colleges https://www.aomrc.org.uk/

AOSP

Association of Ophthalmic Science Practitioners

APT

Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK https://www.aptuk.org/

AQP

Any qualified provider (organisations providing NHS services that are owned outside of the NHS)

ARNS

Association of Respiratory Training Nurse Specialists https://arns.co.uk/

ART

Association for Renal Technologists https://www.renaltech.net/

ARTP

Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology http://www.artp.org.uk/

ASP

Accredited Scientific Practice

Audiology

Clinical Scientists in Audiology assess hearing and balance functions and help to identify associated disorders.

AURPO

Association of University Radiation Protection Officers https://aurpo.org.uk/

AVR

Accredited Voluntary Register – a form of professional registration for those groups not covered by statutory requirements

BAA

British Academy of Audiologists (now incorporates BAAT – British Association of Audiological Technicians and BSHT – British Society of Hearing Therapists)

BARS

British Association of Retinal Screeners https://www.eyescreening.org.uk/pages/

BBTS

British Blood Transfusion Society https://www.bbts.org.uk/

BHF

British Heart Foundation

BIPP

British Institute of Professional Photographers http://www.bipp.com/

BIR

British Institute of Radiology https://bir.org.uk/

BLF

British Lung Foundation

BMS

Biomedical Scientist (a protected title regulated by the HCPC)

BNMS

British Nuclear Medicine Society https://www.bnms.org.uk/

BriSCEV

British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision https://briscev.org.uk/

BSc

Bachelor of Science degree

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science degree with Honours

BSCN

British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology http://www.bscn.org.uk/

BSE

British Society of Echocardiography https://www.bsecho.org/home/

BSH

British Society for Haematology https://b-s-h.org.uk/

BSHAA

British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists https://www.bshaa.com/

BSHI

British Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics https://bshi.org.uk/

BSHT

British Society of Hearing Therapists) https://www.baaudiology.org/

BTEC

Business and Technical Education Council (an awarding body for vocational qualifications)

BTS

British Thoracic Society

Cardiac Science

Cardiac sciences are concerned with the heart. Cardiac Scientists carry out diagnostic, monitoring and analytical procedures for patients ranging from babies to the elderly. They also assist in interventional procedures.

CBD

Case Based Discussion

CCG

Clinical Commissioning Group (part of the healthcare commissioning system in England)

CCHSST

Certificate of Completion of Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme

CCSTP

Certificate of Completion of Scientist Training Programme

CCVRS

Critical Care, Cardiac, Vascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences

CEng

Chartered Engineer

CF 2-4

Career Framework 2-4 (Healthcare Science assistant and associate roles)

Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics)

Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics)

Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences)

Clinical Engineering

Including: Rehabilitation Engineering, Clinical Measurement and Development and Device Risk Management and Governance

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system and the immune system is how all animals, including humans, protect themselves against diseases.

Clinical Scientists working in immunology help to diagnose, monitor and treat patients with a range of immune system disorders, including:

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders, where the body’s defence system attacks itself (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Primary immunodeficiency – where part of the immune system is missing or doesn’t function as it should
  • Antibody deficiency
  • Cancers

Clinical Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) that cause infections. Clinical Scientists within in this field, identify and characterise organisms with support and advice on the most effective drug to use for treatment, including hospital acquired infections.

Clinical Pharmaceutical Science

Clinical pharmaceutical science involves the manufacture and supply of radioactive substances used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

CMAS

Clinical Movement Analysis Society https://cmasuki.org/

CMGS

Clinical Molecular Genetics Society https://www.clingensoc.org/

CoA

Certificate of Attainment

CoC

Certificate of Competence

CoE

Certificate of Equivalence

CP

Clinical Physiologist

CPA

Clinical Pathology Accreditation

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

CPhys

Chartered Physicist

CPPD

Continuing Professional and Personal Development

CQC

Care Quality Commission

CRadP

Chartered Radiation Protection Professional

CRB

Criminal Records Bureau (now replaced by the Vetting and Barring Service – VBS)

Critical Care Science

Critical care refers to specialised care for patients with life-threatening conditions; typically compromising of one or more organs that are failing and Clinical Scientists specialising in this field are responsible for a range of life support monitoring and therapeutic systems.

CS

Clinical Scientist

CSci

Chartered Scientist

CSO

Chief Scientific Officer

CVRS

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service

DH

Department of Health

Direct entry

Trainees recruited to STP or HSST through a national competitive framework, usually (but not always) from outside the NHS. Successful candidates are employed on fixed term training contracts of employment.

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid

DOP

Direct Observation of Practice

DOPS

Direct Observation of Practical Skills

EA

Environment Agency

EACH

Evaluation of Array Comparative Genomic Hybridisation

EIB

England Implementation Board

EngTech

Engineering Technologist

EP

Education Provider

ETSG

Education and Training Scrutiny Group (a subgroup of HCS ING responsible for the oversight of curriculum and accreditation decisions for the MSC programme)

EU

European Union

FDS

Faculty of Dental Surgery

FOM

Faculty of Occupational Medicine

FPH

Faculty of Public Health

FPM

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

FRCPath

Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists

Gastrointestinal Physiology

Gastrointestinal Physiology studies specialise in the study of gastrointestinal function and disease.

Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling)

Genomics (formerly Genetics)

GSP

Good scientific practice

Haematology and Transfusion Science

Clinical Scientists working within Haematology & Transfusion Science play a major role in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with disorders of the blood and bone marrow. It can be generally split into three sub-disciplines which include:

  • Transfusion
  • Haemostasis/coagulation
  • Diagnostic haematology

HCPC

Healthcare Professions Council

HCS

Healthcare Science

HCSING

Healthcare Science Implementation Network Group

HCSPB

Healthcare Science Programme Board

HEE

Health Education England

HEEAG

Health Education England Advisory Group

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England (funds undergraduate university courses in England)

HEI

Higher Education Institute (University)

HEWM

Health Education West Midlands

Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

Histopathology

Histopathology is the microscopic examination of tissue samples.

HNC

Higher National Certificate

HSE

Health and Safety Executive

HSSR

Higher Specialist Scientific Register

HSST

Higher Specialist Scientific Training

IACC

Independant Assessment of Cinical Competence

IAPS

Independent Assessment of Professional Skills

IBMS

Institute of Biomedical Science https://www.ibms.org/home/

iCEPSS

Improving Quality in Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services (a service accreditation system in the Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering)

ICT

Information and Communications Technology

IEng

Incorporated Engineer

IHEEM

Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management https://www.iheem.org.uk/

IM

Internal Moderators (Professional body)

IMI

Institute of Medical Illustrators https://www.imi.org.uk/

IMPT

Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists https://impt.co.uk/

IPEM

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine https://www.ipem.ac.uk/

IPS

Institute of Physiological Sciences

IQIPS

Improving Quality in Physiological Diagnostic Services (a service accreditation system in the Physiological Sciences)

ISAS

Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme

ISO

International Standards Organisation

IV

Internal Verifier Scientific Training

LDA

Learning and Development Agency

LETB

Local Education and Training Board

MAHSE

Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education

MBE

Member of the British Empire

Medical Physics

Including: Imaging with Ionising Radiation, Imaging Non Ionising Radiation, Radiation Safety Physics and Radiotherapy Physics

Molecular Pathology

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MPE

Medical Physics Expert

MSC

Modernising Scientific Careers

MSc

Master of Science – a masters-level degree

MSF

Multisource Feedback

Neurophysiology

Neurophysiology studies how the brain and peripheral nerves function in order to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders.

NGGEC

National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre

NHS

National Health Service

NHS Constitution

There are six values in the NHS Constitution, and by living these values we can ensure the best possible care for patients:

  • Working together for patients.
  • Respect and dignity.
  • Commitment to quality of care.
  • Compassion.
  • Improving lives.
  • Everyone counts.

NHS England

National body commissioning health services in England

NIHR

National Institute for Health Research

NLIAH

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

NSHCS

National School of Healthcare Science

OBE

Order of the British Empire

OCE

Observed Clinical Event

OIA

Ophthalmic Imaging Association http://www.oia.org.uk/

OSCE

Objective Structured Clinical Examination

OSET

International Organisation of Societies for Electrophysiological Technology https://uia.org/s/or/en/1100013243

OSFA

Objective Structured Final Assessment

PC

Personal Computer

PCR

Polymerase Chain Reaction

PHE

Public Health England

PPI

Patient and Public Involvement

PSA

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously CHRE) – the organisation that oversees the regulators in health and care

PTP

Practitioner Training Programme

QA

Quality Assurance

QAA

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

QAF

Quality Assurance Framework

QC

Quality Control

QM

Quality Management

RCCP

Registration Council for Clinical Physiology

RCGP

Royal College of General Practitioners

RCOA

Royal College of Anaesthetists

RCOG

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

RCOphth

Royal College of Ophthalmologists https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/

RCP

Royal College of Physicians

RCPath

Royal College of Pathologists

RCPCH

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

RCPE

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

RCPI

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

RCPSG

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

RCPSYCH

Royal College of Psychiatrists

RCR

Royal College of Radiologists

RCS

Royal College of Surgeons of England

RCSEd

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSI

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCT

Register for Clinical Technologists

Reproductive Science

RESMaG

Rehabilitation Engineering Services Management Group

Respiratory and Sleep Sciences

Respiratory & Sleep Sciences involves the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease and sleep disorders.

In Respiratory Sciences, Clinical Scientists work with patients who have lung, chest wall, airway or blood oxygenation problems such as asthma, fibrosis, emphysema, respiratory muscle disease and pulmonary vascular disorders.

RPA

Radiation Protection Adviser

RSci

Registered Scientist

RSciTech

Registered Science Technician

RWA

Radioactive Waste Adviser

SCCT

Society for Critical Care Technologists http://www.criticalcaretech.org.uk/

SCoR

Society of Radiographers (this is the trade union and professional body for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce in the UK) https://www.sor.org/

SCST

Society for Cardiological Science and Technology http://www.scst.org.uk/pages/default.asp

SEPA

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

SET

Standards of Education and Training

SHA

Strategic Health Authority

SIG

Special Interest Group

SMART

Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-based

SoP

Standards of Proficiency

SOPS

Standard Operating Procedures

SRP

Society for Radiological Protection https://srp-uk.org/

STEMNET

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

STP

Scientist Training Programme

SVT

Society for Vascular Technology https://www.svtgbi.org.uk/

SWOT analysis

Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats

TRG

Trainee Representative Group

UK

United Kingdom

UKAS

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (this is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services)

UKRG

United Kingdom Radiopharmacy Group https://www.bnms.org.uk/ukrg/general/ukrg-homepage.html

Urodynamic Science

Urodynamic science is the investigation of urinary-related difficulties.

Vascular Science

Vascular Scientists use non-invasive techniques to image and assess the blood flow of patients with diseases of the arteries and veins.

WBA

Work Based Assessors

WDC

Workforce Development Confederation

WPBA

Workplace Based Assessments