App review: An acronym buster for NHS TLAs

As GPs become managers, this app could prove a useful tool, writes Emma Quigley.

All professions have their favoured buzzwords and jargon, but if there were a prize for the greatest use of three-letter acronyms (TLAs), surely the healthcare profession would win it easily.

This acronym buster app was produced on behalf of the NHS Conferderation. The app is 'aimed primarily at anyone working with or in NHS management'.

The design is simple. The app is organised as an alphabetical list of acronyms, with the explanation written in full underneath. Clearly, the search function at the top of the screen is the most useful tool.

The purpose of this app is to define more than 500 acronyms commonly used in the NHS. I was not surprised to see mainly management and organisational NHS acronyms, given that the app was developed from the NHS Confederation handbook. However, its approach to clinical acronyms seems rather arbitrary.

I noticed VTE and MRI, but they seemed to be the only clinical entries.

An acronym buster that covers clinical and management vernacular would be very useful, particularly for GPs. Working with a range of specialists means having to be familiar with a variety of acronyms and how definitions vary across specialties.

For management terminology, the app seems fairly comprehensive. As the line between being a GP and a manager continues to blur, the search function in this useful app should mean fewer awkward moments of nodding and smiling while a colleague uses lots of NHS TLAs.

The details

App name NHSacronym

Price Free

Area Organisation and management

Recommended for GPs who combine their clinical work with NHS management roles

Rating 4/5

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