Section menu


AAPT - Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

ABHS - Association of Biomedical Healthcare Scientists

ACB - Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine

ACC - Association for Clinical Cytogenetics

ACE - Association for Clinical Embryologists

ACEM - Association of Clinical Electron Microscopists 

ACPE - Association for Clinical Physiology Education 

ACPRC - Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care 

ACS - Association of Clinical Scientists 

ADSHG - Addison's Disease Self Help Group 

AESP - Accredited Expert Scientific Practice 

AGIP - Association of Gastro Intestinal Physiologists 

AHCS - Academy for Healthcare Science 

AHPO - Associations of Health Professionals in Ophthalmology 

ANS - Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (previously EPTA) 

AoRMC - Academy of Royal Medical Colleges 

AOSP - Association of Ophthalmic Science Practitioners 

APT - Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK 

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

ARNS - Association of Respiratory Training Nurse Specialists 

ART - Association for Renal Technologists 

ARTP - Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology 

ASP - Accredited Scientific Practice 

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 

BBTS - British Blood Transfusion Society 

BHF - British Heart Foundation 

BIPP - British Institute of Professional Photographers 

BIR - British Institute of Radiology 

BLF - British Lung Foundation 

BMS - Biomedical Scientist (a protected title regulated by the HCPC)

BNMS - British Nuclear Medicine Society 

BriSCEV - British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision 

BSc - Bachelor of Science degree 

BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science degree with Honours 

BSCN - British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology 

BSE - British Society of Electrocardiography 

BSH - British Society for Haematology 

BSHAA - British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists 

BSHI - British Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics 

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

BTS - British Thoracic Society 

CBD - Case Based Discussion

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

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)

CMAS - Clinical Movement Analysis Society 

CMGS - Clinical Molecular Genetics Society 

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) 

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

GSP - Good scientific practice

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 

HNC - Higher National Certificate 

HSE - Health and Safety Executive 

HSST - Higher Spec IBMS Institute of Biomedical Science 

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

IEng - Incorporated Engineer 

IHEEM - Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management 

IM - Internal Moderators (Professional body) 

IMI - Institute of Medical Illustrators 

IMPT - Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists 

IPEM - Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine 

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 

LETB - Local Education and Training Board

MAHSE - Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education 

MBE - Member of the British Empire 

MOU - Memorandum of Understanding 

MSC - Modernising Scientific Careers 

MSF - Multisource Feedback 

NGGEC - National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre 

NHS - National Health Service 

NLIAH - National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

NSHCS - National School of Healthcare Science 

OBE - Order of the British Empire 

OCE - Observed Clinical Event 

OSCE - Objective Structured Clinical Examination

OSFA - Objective Structured Final Assessment

PC - Personal Computer

PCR - Polymerase Chain Reaction

PTP - Practitioner Training Programme

QA - Quality Assurance

QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

QAF - Quality Assurance Framework

QC - Quality Control

QM - Quality Management

RCOA - Royal College of Anaesthetists

RCCP - Registration Council for Clinical Physiology

RCGP - Royal College of General Practitioners 

RCOG - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 

RCOphth - Royal College of Ophthalmologists 

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 

RESMaG - Rehabilitation Engineering Services Management Group 

RPA - Radiation Protection Adviser

RSci - Registered Scientist 

RSciTech - Registered Science Technician 

RWA - Radioactive Waste Adviser  

SCCT - Society for Critical Care Technologists

SCoR - Society of Radiographers (this is the trade union and professional body for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce in the UK)

SCST - Society for Cardiological Science and Technology

SEPA - Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

SET - Standards of Education and Training

SHA - Strategic Health Authority 

SIG - Special Interest Group 

SoP - Standards of Proficiency 

SOPS - Standard Operating Procedures 

SRP - Society for Radiological Protection 

STEMNET - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

STP - Scientist Training Programme 

SVT - Society for Vascular Technology 

TRG - Trainee Representative Group

UK - United Kingdom

UKRG - United Kingdom Radiopharmacy Group

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)

WBA - Work Based Assessors

WDC - Workforce Development Confederation