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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.

Please note that Medical Education is not responsible for the content of external websites. 

AKT - Applied Knowledge Test

Careflow – a collaborative patient management and communication tool for clinical staff:

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

Datix – an online incident reporting system (including near misses): (login required)

DME - Director of Medical Education

DUME - Director of Undergraduate Medical Education

EDN – Electronic Discharge Notifications

e-Portfolio (PReP) - Premier IT Revalidation e-Portfolio

EPR – Electronic Patient Record: (login required)

ESR – Electronic Staff Record

GMC – General Medical Council

GPST - General Practice Specialty Training

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

PACES - Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills. Download the User Guide (login required). See also

PACS – Picture Archiving and Communication System 

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: (login required)

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

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.

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