Below are some of the terms and acronyms you may encounter in the Medical Education Directorate, including links, where appropriate, to further information. This list is by no means exhaustive, so please contact us if you know of other items which should be added.
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AKT - Applied Knowledge Test
Careflow – a collaborative patient management and communication tool for clinical staff, used for referrals, alerts, handovers:
CCG – Clinical Commissioning Group (replacing Primary Care Trusts)
CPD – Continuing Professional Development (Consultants are awarded points as proof of ongoing development. Trust Doctors and Locums also need evidence of CPD.)
CQC – Care Quality Commission
DartOCM - Results of investigations requested by GP and internal requests. Requirement to use during PAS downtime.
Datix – an online incident reporting system (including near misses):
http://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/staff/clinical/patient-safety/support/on-line-incident-reporting/ (login required)
DME - Director of Medical Education
DUME - Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
eCasCard - Record of all care delivered in ED. Used by ED staff and also specialist teams reviewing patient in the ED. Enables review of all patient related correspondence. ED attendance record sent electronically to GP.
EDN – Electronic Discharge Notifications - clinical summary and meds. Sent electronically to GP.
e-Portfolio (PReP) - Premier IT Revalidation e-Portfolio
ePR – Electronic Patient Record - provides all clinic correspondence. Sent electronically to GP. Includes information from E3, PAS, Theatreman and referrals made; info can be viewed on a timeline: http://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/staff/systems/electronic-patient-record-system/ (login required)
ESR – Electronic Staff Record
E3 - Maternity application providing a record of pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care.
GMC – General Medical Council
HCOOP - Health Care of Older People
HEA - Health Education Awards
HEE – Health Education England
HEKSS - Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex
HELaSE - Health Education London and South East
ICT – Information and Communications Technology
KCL - King's College London
KSS – Kent, Surrey and Sussex
LAB - Local Academic Board
LFG – Local Faculty Group
Locum – doctor who temporarily performs duties of other doctors during periods of short-staffing or absence
MDM – Multi-disciplinary Meeting
MDT - Multi-disciplinary Team
MicroGuide - Adult Antimicrobial Guide - a free app for Apple or Android devices; visit the MicroGuide Viewer for download links and installation instructions
OSCE - Objective Structured Clinical Examination
PACS – Picture Archiving and Communication System - X-ray / image viewing
PAS – Patient Administration System, aka PatientCentre
Used to record patient information and associated activity; the data captured enables the information and finance departments to calculate Payment by Results (PBR). More information at:
http://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/staff/systems/patientcentre/ (login required)
Patient Tracking List (PTL) - Electronic whiteboard. Provides the status of a patient in relation to investigations, therapies, discharge.
SAS - Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors are non-training roles where the doctor has at least four years of postgraduate training, two of those being in a relevant specialty. See the SAS Doctors page for more information.
SSC - Student-selected Components
SGISOM – St George’s International School of Medicine
SGUL - St George's University London
STFS - South Thames Foundation School
TEL – Technology Enhanced Learning
T3 - Development of electronic health record and electronic prescribing and medicines administration
VitalPAC – a medical system (using hand-held mobile technology) that enables nurses to collect vital signs observations for inpatients on admission and throughout their stay. Means by which VTE risk assessments are completed and indwelling devices are recorded. Pathology result viewing.