Health FM Jargon Buster

Jargon/ terms to use:

  • “Health as a Social Movement”
    • “Social movements for health emerge when people come together to promote or resist change in the experience of health or the systems that shape it. They unite people around a common vision, and they grow networks to amplify their message and challenge society, institutions and elites to think and act differently. Often they bubble up outside formal institutions, but they can also come from within. They are often most successful when they nurture different voices and diverse interests and motivations” (Nesta)


  • “The missing thousands”.
    • The number of people living with an undiagnosed medical condition.


  •  “Asset-Based”
    • An umbrella term for a wide range of person and community-centred approaches which enable individuals to access activities, support and expertise in their community which is tailored to their personal interests, goals and support needs. These activities, which promote self-care and improve health and wellbeing, are largely delivered by VCSE organisations and un-constituted community groups. They can focus on any issues where people have shared interests and have a wider therapeutic benefit to health and wellbeing.
    • “Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to sustainable community-driven development. Beyond the mobilisation of a particular community, it is concerned with how to link micro-assets to the macro-environment. Asset Based Community Development’s premise is that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognised assets. Thereby responding to challenges and creating local social improvement and economic development” (Nurture Development)


  • “Strengths-Based”
    • “A strengths-based approach to care, support and inclusion says let’s look first at what people can do with their skills and their resources and what can the people around them do in their relationships and their communities. People need to be seen as more than just their care needs – they need to be experts and in charge of their own lives” (Alex Fox. Chief Exec of Shared Lives)
  • “Person-Centred”
    • “Person-centred care is a way of thinking and doing things that sees the people using health and social services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring care to make sure it meets their needs. This means putting people and their families at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcome” (Health Innovation Network)
  • “Holistic”
    • To take into account everything that has an impact on someone’s life. To look at the whole person. Not just individual medical conditions
  • “People powered change”
    • Through the commitment and skill of citizens, social action can empower communities, help people in need, and complement public services. Taking part in social action is also associated with higher levels of wellbeing, and can improve people’s confidence and skills” (Office for Civil Society)
  • “Social action”
    • “Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It can include volunteering, giving money, community action or simple neighbourly acts.