NHS jargon and acronyms

We’ve done our best to write this website in plain English, with as little jargon as possible. If any confusing medical terms or acronyms have crept in, you can use this page to clear things up.

We’d also love to know what you think of this website. Please do contact us with your feedback and point out sections that you find unclear. We’ll help you to understand what we mean, and ask you to help us make things simpler for future users.

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Telephone (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm): 01473 770 014
Email: comms@suffolk.nhs.uk

NHS acronyms

The NHS confederation has compiled an acronym buster with definitions for over a thousand commonly used healthcare abbreviations.

Acronyms specific to the Suffolk and north east Essex health and care system

ACE
Anglian Community Enterprise (this organisation is no longer active)

AH
Aspen House

BDC
Babergh District Council

C360
Community 360

CAS
Community Action Suffolk

CBC
Colchester Borough Council

CC2H
Care Closer to Home

CCVS
Colchester Community Voluntary Service

CGH
Colchester General Hospital

CHUFT
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. This term in outdated. The Trust that now manages Colchester and Ipswich hospitals is East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)

CVST
Community Voluntary Service Tendring

ECC
Essex County Council or Exceptional Clinical Case

EEAST
East of England Ambulance Service Trust

EH
Endeavour House

EoE
East of England

EPUT
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

ESAB
Essex Safeguarding Adults Board

ESCB
Essex Safeguarding Children Board

ESDC
East Suffolk District Council

ESNEFT
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

JPUH
James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

IBC
Ipswich Borough Council

IES
Ipswich and East Suffolk

IES CCG
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (active between 2013-2022, the functions of this now dissolved organisation are now fulfilled by the NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board)

IESHWBA
Ipswich and East Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Alliance

MSDC
Mid Suffolk District Council

NEE
North East Essex

NEE CCG
NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (active between 2013-2022, the functions of this now dissolved organisation are now fulfilled by the NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board)

NEEHWBA
North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance

NSFT
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

PAH – Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

SCC
Suffolk County Council

SNEE ICB
NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board

SNEE ICP
NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Partnership

SNEE ICS
NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System

TDC
Tendring District Council

UoE
University of Essex

UoS
University of Suffolk

WS
West Suffolk

WS CCG
NHS West Suffolk CCG (active between 2013-2022, the functions of this now dissolved organisation are now fulfilled by the NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board)

WSH
West Suffolk House

WSHWBA
West Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Alliance

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Page last modified: 19 January 2022
Next review due: 19 July 2022