Glossary beginning with N

NACROsearch for term
Charity that campaigns for campaign for change – a more integrated, joined-up approach to reducing offending, persuade policy makers that changing lives is the most effective way to tackle crime. NACRO’s work with offenders and those at risk of offending, to help them find positive alternatives to crime and to achieve their full potential in society, includes access to and success in employment, learning and skills.
NASsearch for term
National Apprenticeship Service
National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illnesssearch for term
A research project largely funded by the National Patient Safety Agency. Other funders are the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Source: DHdefinition (2011) No health without mental health: A cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. London: DH.
NBPsearch for term
The Network for Black Professionals - a social justice, not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals to achieve their full career and civic potential. For more information see:
Needs assessmentsearch for term
Process by which NHSdefinition organisations or local authorities use information to judge the health and wellbeing of their population and then decide what services should be provided to meet local needs.
NEETsearch for term
Not in education, employment or training – this is a UK government acronym that is now also used in other countries to refer to young people who are outside of education and employment. Most young people who are NEETdefinition already have complex social needs and barriers to participation (often including mental health difficulties) added to which there are a number of negative consequences associated with being NEET, such as low levels of attainment and teenage conception. Reducing the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds (NEET) is a priority for the Government and local authorities.
NHSsearch for term
National Health Service – the UK health care system.
NHS Commissioning Boardsearch for term
A proposed new body that will have powers devolved to it directly from the Secretary of State for Health. It will be responsible for allocating and accounting for NHSdefinition resources and for supporting the GP consortiadefinition and holding them to account in terms of outcomes, financial performance, and fairness and transparency in the performance of their functions. Source: DHdefinition (2011) No health without mental health: A cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. London: DH.
NIACEsearch for term
The former National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACEdefinition) was a charity, set up in 1921 as the British Institute of Adult Education (BIAE). NIACE merged with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) on 1 January 2016 to become Learning and Work Institute. For more information visit Learning and Work Institute website:
NICEsearch for term
The NHSdefinition National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is an arms-length agency of the Department of Health. It is responsible for providing national evidence-based guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
NIHRsearch for term
National Institute for Health Research
NIMHEsearch for term
National Institute of Mental Health in England – was superseded by NMHDUdefinition in 2009. NIMHEdefinition was established in 2001 to co-ordinate research, disseminate information, facilitate training and develop services as part of the modernisation of mental health services agenda and delivery of the 1999 NSF for mental health.
NMHDUsearch for term
The National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDUdefinition) was launched in April 2009; it is responsible for a range of programmes funded by the Department of Health and the NHSdefinition to provide national support for implementing mental health policy by advising on national and international best practice to improve mental health and mental health services. NMHDU ceased on 31.3.2011.
NOMSsearch for term
National Offender Management Service – has responsibility for delivering a reduction in re-offending and the management of offenders. There are nine regional offices in England.
Normal retirement agesearch for term
Is the retirement age at which in practice employees in a particular job and workplace would normally expect to retire. Normal retirement agedefinition can differ from the contractual retirement age. If it is under 65, it must be objectively justified. Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms,
NSIPsearch for term
National Social Inclusion Programme – NSIPdefinition was a four-year programme established in late 2004 to oversee the implementation of the cross-government action plan from the Social Exclusion Unit report, Mental Health and Social Exclusion (Social Exclusion Unit, 2004). NSIP was a partner in the NIACEdefinition/LSCdefinition mental health partnership programme until April 2009.
NVQsearch for term
National Vocational Qualification – is a 'competence-based' qualification: i.e. based on learning practical, work-related tasks designed to help an individual to develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively. NVQs are based on national standards for various occupations.