RCoA Style Guide: D

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D

 

Dates

  • format as day month and year: 15 June 2017 (no commas or superscripts eg 1st April)
  • use hyphens to indicate date ranges: 6-10 August, etc
  • for seasons, use lower case – spring, summer, autumn, winter
  • for decades do not use an apostrophe: 1960s, the swinging 60s, etc.

Dashes
The single dash is normally a feature of informal English and can be used in place of a colon or comma. However, commas (or very occasionally brackets) are often better.

Data
Treat the word ‘data’ as a plural noun ie the data are stored on a secure server. Note that data is the plural of Latin datum.

Dean
See 'capitals' under 'C' above - only capitalise when absolutely necessary or for titles written in conjunction with a name eg Dr Barry Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

Deanery
Lower case unless specified individually, eg London Deanery, West Midlands Deanery.

Departments

  • lower case except when used in a title eg Department of Health
  • when referring to a College directorate in full, use capitals in the first instance, eg the Clinical Quality and Research Directorate is involved in the project
  • use lower case when referring to departments in a general sense, eg Hannah spent several years in human resources
  • use upper case if a department is part of a job title (see 'job titles' under 'J' below), eg 'Director of Professional Standards and Regulation'.

Diversity
Keep the focus on people and patients. Talk about young people, older/elderly people and people with (learning) disabilities (not the young, the elderly, the mentally handicapped, or the disabled). Avoid defining people by a disease or illness, they are a person first, eg a person with a disability, not a disabled person.

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Dr
Does not take a full stop. 


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