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Acronym Words Meaning
AA Appropriate Adult An appropriate adult is a parent, guardian or social worker; or if no person matching this is available, any responsible person over 18.
ABI Acquired Brain Injury An acquired brain injury is brain damage caused by events after birth, rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder
ACH Adult Care & Health Adult social care is the support provided to adults with physical or learning disabilities, or physical or mental illnesses.
ACS Adult & Community Services Adult Community Services is when a request for a sitter is received, a Health or Social Care professional may arrange to visit you to make an assessment of care needs.
ADASS Association of Directors of Adult Social Services The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is a charity representing directors of adult social services in England, and is a leading body on social care issues.
AHP Allied Health Practitioners
AIG Autism Involvement Group A specialist forum for people with autism, ADHD and related conditions and their carers, usually meeting every two months
AMHP Approved Mental Health Professional
AOB Any Other Business Anything else you want to talk about at the end of the meeting
ASC Adult Social Care or Altered States of Consciousness (context specific)
ASCOF Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework
AST Arranging Support Team
ASW Approved Social Worker
AWWWG Adults Way We Work Group A group that governs how changes are made in Adult Social Care, looking at pros, cons, and how they might impact elsewhere.
BCF Better Care Fund The Better Care Fund requires the NHS and local government to create a local single pooled budget to incentivise closer working around people, placing their wellbeing as the focus of health and care services, and shifting resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the people, communities and health and care systems.
BVR Best Value Review Best value reviews are the main way for authorities to consider new approaches to service provision and set targets for services to achieve continuous improvement
CA Care Act The Care Act is a law about care and support for adults in England. Because there are a lot of different laws on this it is difficult to know what care and support you could get. The 2014 Care Act brings them together under one law which gives clear and simple rules and guidance. Also discussed is what people should be able to get, what councils have to do, and guidance and information for councils on how to use the Care Act properly
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a broad term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are NHS organizations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organize the delivery of NHS services in England
CCT Complex Care Team The Complex Care Team provide support to residents in care homes who are unwell with a minor illness or injury
CDP Care Direct Plus
CF6 Care First 6 Computer software used for recording information about ASC service users
CHC Continuing Healthcare Continuing healthcare funding is free healthcare provided by the NHS which can be received in any setting outside of hospital including at home, within a hospice or in a care home (either residential or nursing).
CHLT Care & Health Leadership Team
CIAG Creative Innovation and Growth Program Support programme that is part of the Adult Social Care external markets support package
CIG Commissioning Involvement Group A group of people with lived experience of receiving social care services and equality issues who can give us in-depth insight into the effects of changes being made to social care and health. This group meets when required and exact member varies according to the issues being discussed.
COVID-19 Coronavirus A new illness spreading across the world.
CQC Care Quality Commission The independent regulator of health and social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.
CSCI Commission for Social Care Inspection
CSDB Carers Strategy Delivery Board
CSIP Care Services Improvement Partnership The Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) brings together a number of programmes and teams including the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE)
CSM Community Services Manager
CSR Comprehensive Sending Review Comprehensive Spending Review is a governmental process in the United Kingdom carried out by HM Treasury to set firm expenditure limits and, through public service agreements, define the key improvements that the public can expect from these resources
CWG Carers Working Group
CYPS Children & Young People’s Services Children and Young People’s Services Children and Young People’s Services bring together a number of functions to help support children, young people and families in County
DANA Devon Autism & ADHD Service Devon Adult Autism and ADHD Service provides a diagnostic and advisory role for the assessment of high functioning autism/Asperger’s disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
DCC Devon County Council Devon County Council is the county council administering the English county of Devon. Based in the city of Exeter, the council covers the non-metropolitan county area of Devon
DCSB Data Co-ordination Sub-Board The Data Coordination Board (DCB) meets on a monthly basis to review and approve the assurance of information standards and data collections (including extractions), known collectively as ISCE.
DDAG Data Delivery Action Group
DeL Devon Learning
DHSC Department of Health & Social Care
DILIS Devon Independent Living Integrated Service
DIS Disability Information Services
DLA Disability Living Allowance Disability Living Allowance ( DLA ) has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment ( PIP ) for disabled people
DoLS Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding
DP Direct Payments Payments paid directly to disabled people aged 16 or over so that they can organise and pay for the services that they need, rather than use the services the council offers. This means people have greater choice and control in how their care is delivered.
DPT Devon Partnership Trust An organisation that provides mental health services in Devon
DSAM Devon Services Allocation Meeting
DSAB Devon Safeguarding Adults Board
DSAP Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership This used to be called Devon Safeguarding Adults Board
DSP Devon Strategic Partnership
DST Decision Support Tool The Decision Support Tool (DST) – used in NHS continuing healthcare funding decisions – is a document which helps to record evidence of an individual’s care needs to determine if they qualify for continuing healthcare funding
DTP Disabilities Transformation Programme
DTSAP Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Adults Partnership
DWP Department of Work and Pensions This is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.
ED Emergency Department
EDS Emergency Duty Services
EDT Emergency Duty Team Now called Emergency Duty Services
FIND Forensic Service for men with Intellectual and Neurodevelopment Disorders
FNC Funded Nursing Care
IB Individual Budget
IBCF Improved Better Care Fund The iBCF was first announced in the 2015 Spending Review, and is paid as a direct grant to local government, with a condition that it is pooled into the local BCF plan. According to the grant determination, the funding can be spent on three purposes: Meeting adult social care needs; Reducing pressures on the NHS, including supporting more people to be discharged from hospital when they are ready; Ensuring that the local social care provider market is supported.
ICF Infection Control Fund The Infection Control Fund provides financial support to providers so they can continue to pay their staff their normal wages whilst self-isolating according to government guidelines.
ICM Integrated Care Model Model of delivering care that reflects the intention to improve patient experience and achieve greater efficiency and value from health care delivery systems.
ICS Integrated Care System An integrated care system is when all organisations involved in health and social care work together in different, more joined-up ways.
IMCA Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy An IMCA is an advocate who has been specially trained to support people who are not able to make certain decisions for themselves and do not have family or friends who are able to speak for them
IMHA Independent Mental Health Advocacy
ILA Independent Living Advisor Someone who can advise a recipient of a Personal Budget (PB) about how they can use it to meet the outcomes of a Support Plan. All aspects of the first payment are currently dealt with by the DCC ILAs ensuring a Direct Payment (DP) is used safely and legally. The initial consultation about a DP is usually done face to face. The DCC ILAs then provide ongoing support concerning banking, employment of a Personal Advisor (PA), crisis management etc.
ILC Independent Living Centre
IRP Independent Review Panel
ISF Individual Service Fund This is a different way for you to buy your care from a Domiciliary Care Agency.
JAT Joint Agency Team
JEF Joint Engagement Forum A quarterly gathering of service users, carers and relevant organisational representatives which reviews ongoing involvement activities by DCC and NHS Devon CCG.
JMT Joint Management Team
JSLT Joint Senior Leadership Team
LA Local Authority The council area
LD Learning Disability A condition giving rise to learning difficulties, especially when not associated with physical disability
LDPB Learning Disability Partnership Board A two-monthly Board combining people with learning disabilities, carers, relevant providers and health and social care managers.
LG8/15/80 Leadership Group 8/15/80 Meetings of the top 8, 15 or 80 managers in DCC.
LIG Local Implementation Group The LIG (Local Implementation Group) is a forum for people with learning disabilities, carers and professionals who meet once a month for two hours (except in August) in their local community.
LPS Liberty Protection Safeguarding
LWAH Living Well at Home Contract A contract for receiving personal care services in your own home
MAC Medical Adviory Committee
MCA Mental Capacity Act
MECC Making Every Contact Count
MH Mental Health
NDHCT North Devon Healthcare Trust One of the main providers in the LWAH contract
NDTi National Development Team for Inclusion
NEW Devon CCG Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS National Health Service
NHSE NHS England
OBC Outcome Based Commissioning Outcome based commissioning (OBC) is a relatively new approach to commissioning health and social care services in the UK. Outcomes refer to the impacts or end results of services on a person’s life. As such, outcome-focused services aim to achieve the aspirations, goals and priorities as defined by service users.
OBS Outcome Based Services An outcome is something achieved because of care delivery. This calls for a team-based approach to care, which listens properly to what the person receiving care most wants to achieve and uses that, alongside evidence, to agree decisions with them about what outcomes to put on their support plan
Ofsted Office for standards in education
OP Older People
OT Occupational Therapist
PA Personal Assistant An assistant employed by the service via a direct payment.
PALS Patient Advice and Liaison Services
PATH Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope A person-centered planning tool that helps groups plan for the future
PB Personal Budget The amount of money you are given for your care.  This is similar to an Individual Budget, but is only made up of funding for social care.
PCN Primary Care Network
PCP Person Centred Planning A more intensive type of support planning
PCT Primary Care Trust
PD Physical Disability
PDEG Programme Delivery Executive Group
PEN Provider Engagement Network
PFA or PfA Preparing for Adulthood
PHN Primary Health Need
PIP Personal Independence Payment This is a benefit for people aged between 16 and 64 who, because of a long-term illness or disability, may need help with daily activities or getting around.
PPEC Patient and Public Engagement Committee NEW Devon CCG engagement mechanism with service users
PQR Practice Quality Reviews
PSW Principal Social Worker
PUPoC Previously Unassessed Package of Care
QAIT Quality Assurance and Improvement Team
RAS Resource Allocation System
RM Resource Manager
RSPC Group Re-Shaping Personal Care Group This is a group of service users and carers who meet to help with the redesign of the Living Well at Home (LWAH) personal care contract
SAR Safeguarding Adult Review
SARs Self-Assesment Report
SCR Serious Case Review
SD&T CCG South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
SDEC Same Day Emergency Care
SDP Safer Devon Partnership (Board)
SEND Special Educational Needs and Disablity
SHO Shared Hours Offer An arrangement which enables employees to work reduced hours on a permanent or temporary basis
SI Sensory Impairment  Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMART (targets) Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely
SMG Senior Management Group
SSAM Southern Services Allocation Meeting
STP Sustainable Transformation Programme
STP Sustainable Transformation Partnership Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships have been introduced as a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations
SU Service User
TCSG Transforming Care Steering Group
TECS Technology Enabled Care and Support
TEP Treatment Escalation Plan
TUPE Transfer of Undertakings & Protection of Employment regulations
YP Young People
24/7 Grid A planning tool, used mainly with people with a learning disability, that helps them plan their daily lives
Banking Support Hours Support hours that you save to use later.
Brokerage The assistance people may need to work out what their choices are in terms of care services they may wish to buy, and the process of support required to make it happen.
Co-Design Designing services equally with all stakeholders such as service users, carers, voluntary & community organisations, local government, and NHS
Commissioner A person whose job involves buying services
Commissioning Buying services
Edge of Care Exploring community support to keep people out of the care system
Edibility Criteria Eligibility Criteria are the rules councils use to decide if they should help you.
Framework Agreement A contract between DCC and a select list of providers whereby DCC and its partners can draw down services from the providers on the framework. Services from a framework contract are commissioned by DCC and paid for from a personal budget.
Managed Personal Budget An account managed by Devon County Council for services commissioned by DCC.
Mixed Budget A budget where some services are commissioned by DCC though the framework agreement and other services are purchased through a direct payment.
My Plan A written statement that sets out what care and support services you will receive
Peer Support This involves someone with experience of a disability, listening, sharing experiences, information and first-hand knowledge about living with a disability and assisting others in making informed, independent choices.
Pooling Funds Putting money for buying services together to get better services
Prime Provider The main provider that Devon County Council has a contract with
Promoting Independence Policy Working with individuals to optimize their abilities to function and to make their own choices in all aspects of their lives.
Provider An organisation that delivers services
Self Directed Support This includes a variety of ways to create personalised social care, whereby people have more control over the way the money for their care and support is spent. Services can be tailored to achieve an individual’s identified needs. It includes direct payments and personal or individual budgets
Statutory Obligation imposed by law
Strengths Based Approach This assesses the inherent strengths of a person or family and builds on them.
Sub-Contractor or ‘Sub’ The smaller providers in each area that the Primes work with to deliver the contract
Support Brokerage Involves the assistance that people need to work out what their choices will be, and the support required to make it happen
Supporting Independence Contract A new framework contract from Devon County Council for unregulated services
Support Plan Detail of an individual’s needs and the specified outcomes they believe that support will help them achieve.
Universal Payment /Credit This is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.
Unregulated Services Services not regulated by the Care Quality Commission, such as day services
Zones The areas covered by the Living Well at Home (LWAH) contract