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  • DAMA

    discharge against medical advice

  • DAT

    drug action team

  • DBS

    disclosure and barring service

  • DBSs

    directly bookable services

  • DBT

    dialectal behavioural therapy

  • DCMS

    Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • DCO

    Designated Clinical Officer

  • DCP

    Division of Clinical Psychology

  • DCRS

    Death Certification Review Service

  • DCS

    director of children's services

  • DDA

    Dispensing Doctors' Association

  • DDRB

    doctors and dentists (pay) review body

  • DECC

    Department of Energy and Climate Change


    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • DEL

    departmental expenditure limit

  • DES

    directed enhanced services

  • DfE

    Department for Education

  • DFP

    Department of Finance and Personnel (Northern Ireland)

  • DfT

    Department for Transport

  • DFT

    distance from target

  • DGH

    district general hospital

  • DH or DoH

    Department of Health

  • DHSS

    Department for Health and Social Services (Wales)


    Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)

  • DID

    Diagnostic Imaging Department

  • DM&D

    dictionary of medicines and devices

  • DMB

    departmental management board (Department of Health)

  • DMS

    Defence Medical Services

  • DN

    district nurse

  • DNA

    did not attend


    do not attempt cardio pulmonary resuscitation

  • DNAR

    do not attempt resuscitation

  • DNR

    do not resuscitate

  • DoLS

    Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • DPA

    Data Protection Act

  • DPC

    Dementia Prevalence Calculator

  • DPH

    director of public health


    Department for Public Health and Health Professions (Wales)

  • DPR

    Data Protection Registrar

  • DQ

    data quality

  • DRE

    delivering race equality

  • DRG

    diagnosis-related group

  • DSO

    departmental strategic objective

  • DsPH

    directors of public health

  • DSSA

    delivering same-sex accommodation

  • DST

    decison support tool

  • DSU

    day surgery unit

  • DTC

    diagnosis and treatment centre

  • DTOC

    delayed transfer of care

  • DV

    domestic violence

  • DWP

    Department for Work and Pensions

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