Dental Abbreviations

ADA American Dental Association
ADEE Association for Dental Education in Europe
BADN British Association of Dental Nurses
BADT British Association of Dental Therapists
BAOMS British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
BChD Bachelor of Dental Surgery (a basic degree); equivalent to a BDS or BDentS
BDentS Bachelor of Dental Surgery (a basic degree); equivalent to a BChD or BDS
BDA British Dental Association
BDHF British Dental Health Foundation (a charity)
BDJ British Dental Journal (the journal of the BDA – shown in academic references as Br Dent J)
BDPMA British Dental Practice Managers’ Association
BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery (a basic degree); equivalent to a BChD or BDentS
BSDHT British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
BSGDS British Society of General Dental Surgery
CDTA Clinical Dental Technicians Association
CDO Chief Dental Officer (e.g. of England)
CDPH Consultant in Dental Public Health
CMDS Core Minimum Data Sets
CME Continuing Medical (& Dental) Education
CMO Chief Medical Officer (e.g. England)
COCET Committee on Continuing Education and Training (set up by the CDO of England) (pronounced as a word)
CODE Confederation of Dental Employees
COPDenD Conference of Postgraduate Dental Deans (and Directors of Postgraduate Dental Education in the Universities of the UK) (pronounced as a word)
COPMED Committee of Postgraduate Medical Deans (England) (pronounced as a word)
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (1988 Regulations)
CPD Continuing Professional Development
CPE Continuing Professional Education
CPR Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
CRDC Central Research & Development Committee (at NHSE HQ)
CRE Commission for Racial Equality
CSA Central Services Agency (a Northern Ireland body equivalent to the DPB in England and Wales)
CSASHS Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service. (Provides services e.g. Dental Practice Division, to Health Boards)
CSO Central Statistical Officer
CST Certificate of Specialist Training
CV Curriculum Vitae
CVCP Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals
CVT Committee on Vocational Training for England & Wales
CVT (NI) Committee on Vocational Training for Northern Ireland
DAGMETS Dental Advisory Group on Medicine, Education, Training & Staffing
DDA Defence Dental Agency
DDO District Dental Officer
DDPH Diploma in Dental Public Health
DDRB Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body
DDSc Doctor of Dental Science
DDU Dental Defence Union (of the MDU)
DfEE Department for Education & Employment
DGDP Diploma in General Dental Practice
DGH District General Hospital
DH Department of Health (DOH or DoH as abbreviations are incorrect)
DLA Dental Laboratories Association
DMFT(S) dmft(s) Decayed, Missing or Filled Permanent Teeth (Surfaces), if shown in lower case as dmft (s) means decayed, missing or filled deciduous teeth surfaces
DNA Did Not Attend
DO Dental Officer
dob Date of Birth
DOrth Diploma in Orthodontics
DPA Dental Practice Advisor
DPB Dental Practice Board
DPDH Director of Public Dental Health
DPDS Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies
DPF Dental Practitioners’ Formulary
DPN dental practice network
DRC Day-Release Course (the VDP’s study day course of 30 days)
DRO Dental Reference Officer
DRS Dental Reference Service
DRSG Dental Rates Study Group
DSA Dental Surgery Assistant
DSC Dental Schools Council
DSM Dental Services Manager
DTA Dental Technicians’ Association
DVTA Dental Vocational Training Authority (England & Wales)
DVTA Panel Dental Vocational Training Adjudication Panel (of NICPMDE)
EBM Evidence Based Medicine
EC European Commission, or European Community (This term was used for the whole integration process of the European Union prior to the Maastricht Treaty on 1 November 1993, when the tem ‘European Union’ came into being).
EDI Electronic Data Interchange, or Eastman Dental Institute
EDM Effective Dental Management (a training module)
EEA European Economic Area (current members are: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the 15 member States of the EU as individual countries. The EU, as a separate entity or body, is also party to the EEA Agreement which is a free trade agreement between the member States)
EEC European Economic Community (earlier name for the EC)
EFTA European Free Trade Association (now comprises 4 member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
EL Executive Letter
E-learning Electronic Learning (Computer-based learning – including internet-based learning)
EU European Union (Came into being following the Maastricht Treaty on 01 November 1993, originally comprising 12 member States: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and UK. Joined by Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995. Ten more member states will join in 2004 - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia)
FDS Faculty of Dental Surgery, or Fellow in Dental Surgery
FGDP(UK) Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (United Kingdom)
FFGDP(UK) Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK)
FHS Family Health Services
FHSA Family Heath Services Authority (now merged with HA’s)
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FMR Functions and Manpower Review
FT or f/t Full Time
FTTA Fixed Term Training Appointment
GA General Anaesthetic
GDC General Dental Council
GDP General Dental Practice, or General Dental Practitioner, or Gross Domestic Product
GDPA General Dental Practitioners’ Association
GDPC General Dental Practice Committee (replaced GDSC & PPC in 2003)
GDS General Dental Services
GDSC General Dental Services Committee (of the BDA)
GI Gingival Index
GIS Government Information Service
GMC General Medical Council
GMP General Medical Practitioner
GMS General Medical Services
GMSC General Medical Services Committee (of the BDA)
GP General Practitioner
GPFH General Practitioner Fund Holder
GPT General Professional Training
HA Health Authority
HB Health Board
HC Health Circular
HDS Hospital Dental Services
HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council for England
HEFCS Higher Education Funding Council for Scotland
HEFCW Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
HMSO Her Majesty’s Stationery Office
HN Health Notice
HO House Officer
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HSWA Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
HSL Health Services Letter
.html Hypertext mark-up language
http:// Hypertext transfer protocol
IM&T Information Management and Technology
ICT Information and Communications Technology (now commonly replaces the term IT (Information Technology) because of the large growth of email and internet-based communications)
IMPT Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technicians
IoS Item of Service (e.g. Adult item of services, child item of service)
IPC Independent Practice Committee (of the BDA)
IPGs Independent Practice Groups (local groups not necessarily allied to IPC)
IV Intravenous
JCC Joint Consultants’ Committee, or Joint Consultative Committee
JCHTD Joint Committee for Higher Training in Dentistry (now JCSTD)
JCPTGP Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in General Practice (Based at RCGP)
JCSTD Joint Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry (of the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges - based at RCSEng)
JPAC Joint Planning Advisory Committee
KITS Keeping in Touch Scheme
LAPRAP Local Audit & Peer Review Assessment Panel
LAS Locum Appointment – Service
LAT Locum Appointment – Training
LDC Local Dental Committee
LDS Licentiate in Dental Surgery (a basic qualification)
LIG London Implementation Group
LIZ London Initiative Zone
LMC Local Medical Committee
LMWAGs Local Medical Workforce Advisory Groups
MADEL Medical & Dental Education Levy
MCCD Membership in Clinical Community Dentistry
MChD Master of Dental Surgery
MDentSci Master of Dental Science
MDDUS Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
MDS Master of Dental Surgery, or Minimum Data Set
MDU Medical Defence Union
MFDS Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery
MFGDP(UK) Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK)
MGDS Membership in General Dental Surgery
MIA Medical Insurance Agency Ltd
MOD Ministry of Defence, or Mesio-occlusodistal
MOrth Membership in Orthodontics
MPS Medical Protection Society (the dental part of which is Dental Protection Ltd)
MRC Medical Research Council
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
N/A Not Applicable
NAC National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education
NAHAT National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts
NCAS National Clinical Assessment Service
NCCPED National Centre for Continuing Postgraduate Education in Dentistry
NHS National Health Service
NHSE National Health Service Executive
NI National Insurance, or Northern Ireland
NICPMDE Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
NICE National Institute for Clinical Excellence
NIDHSS Northern Ireland Department of Health and Social Services
NIGDSC Northern Ireland General Dental Services Committee
NOS National Occupational Standards
NPSA National Patient Safety Agency
NRPB National Radiological Protection Board (Dental Monitoring Services)
NTN National Training Number (held by specialist registrars)
NVQ National Vocational Qualification
O4C Options for Change
OFT Office of Fair Trading
ONS The Office for National Statistics
OPCS Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (now ONS)
OPT Orthpantomograph (a form of dental X-ray) (sometimes OPG is used but this is incorrect)
OSCE Objective Structured Clinical Examination
OU Open University
PAMs Professions Allied to Medicine
PBL Problem Based Learning
PCDs Professions Complementary to Dentistry, or Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
PDC Primary Dental Care
PDP Personal Development Plan, or Professional Development Portfolio
PDS Personal Dental Services
PDU Preventive Dentistry Unit
PES Public Expenditure Survey
PG Postgraduate
PGEA Postgraduate Education Allowance
PGMDE Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
PI Performance Indicator, or Periodontal Index
PLAB Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board
PMC Postgraduate Medical Centre
PPC Private Practice Committee
PRHO Pre-Registration House Officer (medical only)
Prn Whenever necessary
PT or p/t Part Time
QA Quality Assurance
QAA Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England and Wales)
R&D Research and Development
RAGMETS Regional Advisory Group on Medicine, Education, Training and Staffing
RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
RCP retruded contact position
RCPS Glasg Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
RCS Edin Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
RCS Eng Royal College of Surgeons of England
RCS Irel Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
RDO Regional Dental Officer
RDOS Regional Dental Officer Service (the Scottish version of DRS)
RDRD Regional Director of Research and Development
REDG Regional Education and Development Group
RHA Regional Health Authority (extant until 31 March 1996)
RITA Record of In-Training Assessment
RLG Research Liaison Group
RPD removable partial denture
RVTC Regional Vocational Training Committee
SAC Specialist Advisory Committee of the JCSTD
SAMS Self-Assessment Manual and Standards (no longer in print; now replaced by Standards in Dentistry)
SCUMDERS Standing Committee on University Medical and Dental Education and Research (pronounced as a word)
SCOPME Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (pronounced as a word)
SCPMDE Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
SDAC Standing Dental Advisory Committee
SDL Self-Directed Learning
SDO Senior Dental Officer
SDR Statement of Dental Remuneration
SDVTC Scottish Dental Vocational Training Committee (of SCPMDE)
SDVTECC Scottish Dental Vocational Training Equivalence and Certification Committee (of SCPMDE)
SHHD Scottish Home and Health Department
SHO Senior House Officer
SI Statutory Instrument
SIFTR Service Increment for Teaching & Research
SMP Statutory Maternity Pay
SNTN Scottish National Training Number (the Scottish equivalent of NTN)
SQA Scottish Qualifications Authority
SpR Specialist Registrar
STA Specialist Training Authority of the medical Royal Colleges
STC Specialty Training Committee
SSP Statutory Sick Pay
Supn Superannuation
SVQ Scottish Vocational Qualification
SWAG Specialist Workforce Advisory Group
TAGI Target Annual Gross Income (for GDPs working in the GDS)
TANI Target Annual Net Income (for GDPs working in the GDS)
TMJ Temporomandibular Joint
TQM Total Quality Management
UK United Kingdom
UMT Unit of Medical Time
URL Uniform Resource Locator
UUK Universities United Kingdom (formerly the Committee of Vice Chancellors & Principles).
UV ultraviolet
VDP Vocational Dental Practitioner (the name for trainee dentists)
VDU Visual Display Unit
VSpR Visiting Specialist Registrar
VT Vocational Training, or Vocational Trainee
VTN Visiting Training Number (held by visiting specialist registrars)
VTS Vocation Training Scheme

Welsh Advisory Group on Medicine, Education, Training & Staffing (pronounced as a word)

WDC Workforce Development Confederation
WGDSC Welsh General Dental Services Committee
WHCSA Welsh Health Common Services Agency
WTE Whole-Time Equivalent
WWW World Wide Web


Bookmark and Share

  Dental Abbreviations
  • Registered Charity no: 212808

  • Promoting excellence in dentistry