RCoA Style Guide: T

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Targeted, targeting
Frequently misspelt 'targetted' and 'targetting'.

Technical terms
If using technical terms in your document, make sure you explain what they mean the first time you use them. Avoid overuse of jargon.

That or which
That defines, which gives extra information eg the Bulletin, which I read every day, is the journal that I admire above all others.

Theirs
No apostrophe.

There is/there are
The choice between the phrases ‘there is’ and ‘there are’ at the beginning of a sentence is determined by the noun that follows it. Use ‘there is’ when the noun is singular (“There is a cat”). Use ‘there are’ when the noun is plural (“There are two cats”). 

Time
Correct format: use figures and 12-hour clock; 'am' and 'pm' is lower case so 6.55am, 11.55pm, etc.

Use ‘to’ in time ranges, not hyphens, so the correct format is 1pm to 2pm (not 1pm-2pm).

Titles
When introducing an individual put the name first, then their job title, eg Dr Susan Walters, Consultant Anaesthetist.
Thereafter Dr Walters, or Miss/Ms Walters.

Titles do not have a full stop at the end and do not contain dashes.

See ‘job titles’ or ‘capitals’ for more information.

Tonne
Not ton (that’s the American spelling).

The metric tonne is 1,000kg (2,204.62lb).

The British tonne is 2,240lb, and the US ton is 2,000lb; usually there is no need to convert.

For figurative use, write tons (I’ve had tons of birthday cards, etc). Avoid this phrasing in formal writing.

Trust
Lower case unless referring to a specific trust, eg 'hospital trusts' but 'Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust'.

Remember that trusts don’t exist in all of the devolved nations, so include ‘health boards’ where applicable:

  • England: NHS foundation trusts and NHS trusts. More information here
  • Northern Ireland: health and social care trusts
  • Scotland: territorial NHS boards and special NHS boards
  • Wales: health boards.

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