Health care provided in a hospital setting at a general hospital rather than a specialist hospital (when it is known as tertiary care).
Serious Untoward Incident / Event
SUI / SUE
An incident that occurred during NHS funded healthcare which resulted in one or more of the following;
unexpected or avoidable death or severe harm of one or more patients, staff or members of the public;
a never event - all never events are defined as serious incidents although not all never events necessarily result in severe harm or death;
a scenario that prevents, or threatens to prevent, an organisation’s ability to continue to deliver healthcare services, including data loss, property damage or incidents in population programmes like screening and immunisation where harm potentially may extend to a large population;
allegations, or incidents, of physical abuse and sexual assault or abuse; and/or
loss of confidence in the service, adverse media coverage or public concern about healthcare or an organisation.
Service Level Agreement
An agreement between a commissioner and a provider which specifies how the provider is expected to deliver as service and how the service will be monitored.
Sexually Transmitted Infection
Infections passed from person to person through unprotected sex.
Slough Borough Council
Super Output Area. Standard geographical areas created for statistical purposes, to provide continuity of areas. Two levels; Middle and Lower.
South Central Ambulance Service
Special Educational Needs
The term 'special educational needs' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.
Standardised Mortality Ratio (SMR)
A method of presenting mortality rates using indirect age standardisation, which applies the rates for a standard population (normally England and Wales) to the subject population to give an expected number of events against which the observed number of events is compared giving a ratio which is normally multiplied by 100.
Survey of Prevalent HIV Infections data
Survey conducted by Public Health England which provides data on HIV prevalence.
Sustainable Community Strategy
A long-term vision for the Local Authority which is crucial for setting the scene for planning and delivering services to the public.
Is a sexually transmitted infection that can spread without either partner knowing. The first signs are often painless sores or rashes followed by flu-like symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to heart disease or brain damage.