Corporate document

Capital letters

Capital letters

Do not use block capitals for a large amount of text, because they are difficult for people to read.

Write headings with a capital letter for only the first word, except for proper nouns.

Table 7 When and how to use capitals

Initial capital or title case

Lower case

Branded medicines, even if the brand is all in uppercase

  • Nurofen

  • Vydura

  • Prozac

Generic medicines

  • ibuprofen

  • rimegepant

  • fluoxetine

Proper nouns

  • Down's syndrome

  • Munchausen's syndrome

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Apgar score

Adjectival forms of proper nouns

  • caesarean

  • darwinian

  • parkinsonian

Questionnaire titles

  • Dermatology Life Quality Index

  • Psoriasis Area and Severity Index

Cross references to figures and tables

  • see figure 1

  • table 2

Government legislation, departments, and job titles

  • Care Act 2014

  • Health Secretary

  • Government Digital Services

  • Department for Education

Words deriving from a proper noun but are now commonly used

  • braille

  • doppler

  • gram stain

  • hoover

Titles of projects or campaigns

  • Active for Life

  • No Smoking Day

Patient numbers and p values

  • n=1000

  • p=0.001

North, south, east and west in place names

  • West Lambeth

  • North Manchester General Hospital

North, south, east and west in general use

  • northern England

  • birds fly south for the winter

Government bodies

  • Local Government Association

Government in general use

  • a key government commitment

Trust names

  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Trusts in general use

  • local protocols have been developed by trusts