Abbreviations and Terms used in Mental Health

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ABOS - Anorectic Behaviour Observation Scale

AC - Approved Clinician

AED - Automated External Defibrillator

AHPs - Allied Health Professionals

AIMS - Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale

AMHP - Approved Mental Health Practitioner

≈ - Approximate

AS – Aspergers Syndrome

ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ASW - Approved Social Worker

ATOR – At Time of Report

BAD – Bipolar Affective Disorder

BDI - Beck Depression Inventory

BES - Binge Eating Scale

BNF - British National Formulary

BP - Blood Pressure

BPD – Borderline personality Disorder

BPRS - Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale

BSI - Brief Symptom Inventory

CAFCASS - Children And Family Court Advisory And Support Service

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CDW - Community Development Worker

CHAI - Commission for Healthcare Audit Inspection

CMHT - Community Mental Health Team

CTL – Clinical Team Leader

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COSHH - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

CPA - Care Programme Approach

CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse

CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CPRS - Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale

CSCI - Commission for Social Care Inspection

CTO - Community Treatment Order

CQC – Care Quality Commision

Cyclothymic in mood – Fluctuating

↓ - Decreased

DDA - Disability Discrimination Act

DHOC - Deputy Head of care

DHON - Deputy Head of Nursing

DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DLSOS - Daily Living Skills Observational Scale

DOA – Date of Admission/Arrival

DOB – Date of Birth

DOLS - Deprivation Of liberty Safeguards

DREEM - Developing Recovery Enhancing Environments Measure

DSH - Deliberate Self Harm

DSM-IV - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental Disorders

Dx - Diagnosis

Dysthymic - Low in mood

ECG – Electrocardiogram

ECT – Electro Convulsive Therapy

EEG - Electroencephalogram

Euthymic in mood - Normal for them

♀ - Female

Form T2 - Consent to Treatment

Form T3 - Non-Consent to Treatment

GAF - Global Assessment of Functioning

HADS - Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale

HAMD - Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression

HASAW – Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

HDRU - High Dependency Rehabilitation Unit

HNA - Health Needs Assessment

HM - Hospital Manager

HOC – Head of Care

HON - Head of Nursing

HoNOS - Health of the Nation Outcome Scales

Hx – History

Hyperthymic in mood - Over elated


ICD-10 - International Classification of Diseases

↑ - Increased

IM – Intramuscular

IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

IMHA - Independent mental Health Advocate

IV - Intravenous

KGV - Psychiatric Assessment Scale (Krawiecka, Goldberg & Vaughan)

LPA - Lasting Powers of Attorney

< Less than

LD - Learning Disabilities

LOS - Line of sight

LUNSERS - The Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side Effect Scale

MCA - Mental Capacity Act

MADRS - Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale

♂ - Male

Meds – Medications

MDT – Multi-Disciplinary Team

MHA – Mental Health act

MHOR - Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

MHRT - Mental Health review Tribunal

> More than

MOHO - Model of Human Occupation

NHS - National Health Service

NICE - National institute for clinical excellence

NKA - No Known Allergies

NKDA - No Known Drug Allergies

NSF - National Service Frameworks

N/V - Nausea & Vomiting

Obs - Observations

Occ - Occasional

OT - Occupational Therapist

PALS - Patient Advice and Liaison Service

PANSS - Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale

PCT - Primary Care Trust

PCLT - Primary Care Liaison Team

PD – personality Disorder

PICU - Psychiatric intensive care unit

PMH - Past Medical History

Pn or Px - Pain

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment

PRN – As Needed

PS – Paranoid Schizophrenia

PTA - Prior to Arrival

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

RASS - Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale

RC - Responsible Clinician

RDC - Research Diagnostic Criteria

RGN – Registered General Nurse

RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurances Regulations 1995

RMN – Registered Mental Nurse

Rx - Therapy or Treatment

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD - Schizo Affective Disorder

SADS - Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia

SANS - Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms

SAS - Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale

SD - Specialist Doctor

SCT - Supervised Community Treatment

SCTL - Senior Clinical Team Leader

SH - Self harm

SIB - Self Injurous Behavior

SLAs - Service level agreements

SMHS - Secondary Mental Health Services

SMN – Senior Mental Nurse

SOAD - Second Opinion Appointed Doctor

S&S – Signs and Symptoms

TC - Therapy Co-ordinator

TL – Team Leader

Tx - Treatment

VS – Vital Signs

WASI - Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence

WNL – Within Normal Limits

Y-BOCS - Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale

1:1 - One to one


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