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The SCATA Jargon Buster is a compilation of many of the confusing terms and acronyms used in Health Informatics. It was compiled from various sources and is maintained by the SCATA membership.
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Term or Acronym

Definition

Explanation

N3

NNN, i.e. New (high bandwidth) NHS Network.

The new fast, broadband communications network for the NHS. N3 is delivered by BT and replaces the existing private NHS network, NHSnet.

NASP

National Application Service Provider

A software supplier providing an application that fulfils the requirements of one of the national applications such as electronic transfer of prescriptions, eBooking, NHS messaging, etc.

National Spine

 

See spine

NCRS

NHS Care Records Service

A new term encompassing the concepts of both EPR and EHR. Replaces the term ICRS.

NDA

NHS Design Authority

The Authority within the NHS ICRS Programme charged with responsibility for setting the framework for the establishment of standards, monitoring their development and evaluating their implementation.

NeLH

National Electronic Library for Health

See www.nelh.nhs.uk

NHAIS

National Health Applications & Infrastructure Services

aka the Exeter system. Software used by Health Authorities in the administration of cancer screening call/recall programmes, patient registration and contractor payments.

NHS Care Record

 

A central database within the NCRS programme that will hold essential data about every patient – i.e. data that has long-term value for patient care. Detailed specification not yet publicly available.

NHS Data Dictionary

 

The dictionary of all NHS data items, their structure and definitions. It also includes descriptions of most of the Central Returns. See www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/datastandards/.

NHS ESR

NHS Electronic Staff Record

 

NHS Number

 

Uniquely identifies every individual within the NHS in England and Wales.

NHS OCS

NHS Organisation Codes Service

Service within the NHSIA responsible for national policy and standards concerning codes for NHS organisations and practitioners.

NHS Plan

 

The plan for the NHS, published in 2000.

NHSIA

NHS Information Authority.

A special Health Authority created in April 1999 to deliver the Information Strategy set out in IfH.

NHSnet

 

The NHS' secure, private intranet

NHSU

NHS University

 

NISP

National Infrastructure Service Providers

National Infrastructure Service Providers are to deliver a robust infrastructure to support modernised health and social care, e.g.N3, NHS Mail & Directory Services

NMAHP

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional

Not strictly IT-related, but a term that is used to refer to staff including physios, OTs, prodiatrists, optometrists etc.

NN4B

NHS Numbers for Babies

babies never used to have their own numbers.

NPFIT

Also NPfIT. National Programme for IT

 

NPRAS

National Patient Record Analysis Service

Service intended to support delivery of the NHS Plan by improving the management and delivery of health services through the provision of good quality data to support performance and resource management, clinical governance and audit, planning, research, and surveillance activities.

NPSA

National Patient Safety Agency

A Special Health Authority created in July 2001 to improve the safety and quality of care through reporting, analysing and learning from adverse incidents and 'near misses' involving NHS patients

NSF

National Service Framework

for cancer, heart disease etc. The framework within which services that have been targeted by Ministers are delivered. Includes information requirements and minimum data sets.

NSTS

NHS Strategic Tracing Service

Traces a patient’s NHS number and other administrative details.

NWCS

NHS-wide Clearing Service

Passes information on activity, HES etc, from Trusts to the DoH and commissioning Authorities.