Jargon letters

ASC – Adult Social Care

Practical support to enable people to live independently. These services are usually provided in people’s homes, care homes or elsewhere in the community.

CQC – Care Quality Commission

CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It monitors, inspects and regulates services and encourages them to improve.

Enter and View

Healthwatch has the power to ‘Enter and View’ providers of health and social care, such as hospitals, care homes and dentists, and to observe and report on how those services are being run. The purpose of the visit is to identify good practice that can be celebrated and to identify any issues about which service users feel concerned.

HWB – Health and Wellbeing Board

A forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population.

ICB – Integrated Care Board

Statutory bodies that are responsible for planning and funding most NHS services in the area.

ICP – Integrated Care Partnership

A committee of the Integrated Care Board and the 13 local authorities from across the North East and North Cumbria.

ICS – Integrated Care System

Integrated care systems are partnerships that bring together NHS organisations, local authorities and others to take collective responsibility for planning services, improving health and reducing inequalities across geographical areas.

NENC – North East and North Cumbria

The area covered by the new Integrated Care System in our region.

NHSE – NHS England

NHS England leads the National Health Service in England.

OSC – Overview and Scrutiny Committee

This committee acts as a ‘critical friend’ to local NHS organisations by suggesting ways that health related services might be improved.

PCN – Primary Care Network

These networks bring together a group of local GP practices with other primary and community care organisations to join up health and care services at a neighbourhood level.

PPG – Patient Participation Group

A group of patients or carers from a GP surgery who work together to make it as good as possible for patients and staff. The NHS requires every practice to have a PPG.

VCSE sector

Voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations.