When naming your services, you should follow the principles set out below. These principles will help you to improve patient and public understanding of NHS services.
Service names must:
Service names must not:
The names of your services must be agreed in consultation with your local NHS representative(s) and the Department of Health (DH). Your local NHS representatives could be a host trust, your local PCTs or any other local stakeholders that should be included in the process.
Please note: the names of services may not always be the same as the names of the facility in which they are being delivered. For example, a new NHS MRI scanning service might be delivered in an existing private facility. The name of the new NHS service would need to follow the naming principles above, but you would not be expected to rename the existing private facility.
Last updated: 03/06/10
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