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Glossary of health and social care terms


Check unfamiliar research terms and see our list of acronyms.


NIHR Academy – The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy supports academic training and research career development.

Incubator – A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) virtual group that helps build research capacity and encourages multidisciplinary research career development. Some incubators like Wessex REACH are referred to as “initiatives”.


AHSN – Academic Health Science Network

ARC – Applied Research Collaboration

CRUK – Cancer Research UK

CRN – Clinical Research Network

GCP – Good Clinical Practice

HEE – Health Education England  

ICA Programme – Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

MD – Doctor of medicine degree

MRC – Medical Research Council

NCRI – National Cancer Research Institute

NHS – National Health Service

NIHR – National Institute for Health Research

R&D – Research and Development

RDS – Research Design Service

RCGP – Royal College of General Practitioners

RCS – Royal College of Surgeons

Wessex AHSN – Wessex Academic Health Science Network

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