Acronym Buster

Our handy acronym buster has over a thousand commonly used healthcare abbreviations for you to access when you need them.

A

A&E

accident and emergency

AAA

abdominal aortic aneurysm

AAC

Accelerated Access Collaborative/ Augmented and Alternative Communication/

AACE

Association of Ambulance Chief Executives

AAGBI

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

AAND

allow a natural death

AAR

Accelerated Access Review

AAU

acute assessment unit

ABHI

Association of British Healthcare Industries

ABPI

Ankle-brachial Pressure Index

AC

Audit Commission

ACAD

ambulatory care and diagnostic unit

ACC

acute care collaboration

ACCEA

Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards

ACDP

Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

ACEVO

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

ACG

adjusted clinical group

ACO

accountable care organisation

ACP

accountable care partnerships

ACRA

Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation

ACS

accountable care systems

ACU

Ambulatory Care Unit

ADASS

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

ADCS

Association of Directors of Children's Services

ADON

Associate Director Of Nursing

AEC

AECU

Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit

AF

atrial fibrillation

AfC

Agenda for Change

AfPP

Association for Perioperative Practice

AGNSS

Advisory Group for National Specialised Services

AGS

Annual Governance Statement

AHCS

Academy for Healthcare Science

AHP

allied health professional

AHSC

academic health science centre

AHSN

academic health science network

AIR

Annual Innovation Report (strategic health authority)

AIS

Abbreviated Injury Scale

AKI

acute kidney injury

ALB

arm’s-length body

ALE

auditors’ local evaluation

ALOS

Average Length of Stay

ALTO

arm's-length trading organisation

AM

Assembly Member (Wales)

AMD

age related macular degeneration

AME

annually managed expenditure

AMHP

Approved Mental Health Professional

AMR

antimicrobial resistance

AMU

acute medical unit

ANA

Apprentice Nursing Associate

AND

allow natural death

ANP

advanced nurse practitioner

ANTT

Aseptic Non Touch Technique

AO1

Assistance of 1

AoMRC

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

AP

assistant practitioner

APB

Autism Partnership Board

APC

admitted patient care

APL

Adjustment Pressure-Limiting

APMS

alternative provider medical services

APT

anatomical pathology technologist

AQI

ambulance quality indicator

AQN

Activity Quert Notice (issued by CCG)

AQP

any qualified provider

AQuA

Advancing Quality Alliance

AR

Aortic regurgitation

ARCP

annual review of competency progression

ARDS

acute respiratory distress syndrome

ARRS

Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme

ASA

American Society of Anesthesiologists Classification (ASA Class)

ASCOF

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework

ASD

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ASG

Allocations Steering Group

ASI

appointment slot issues

ASN

Ambulance Service Network

ASPC

Association of Surgeons in Primary Care

ASPiH

Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare

ASSKING

Assessment of Surface and Skin inspection

AST

Admin Support Team

AT

area team

ATMIST

Age

ATO

Assistant Technical Officer

AUR

Acute Urinary Retention

AUR

Appliance Use Review

AUR

Acute Urinary Retention

AVR

Accredited Voluntary Registers

AWD

agency workers directive

AWR

agency workers regulations