Accredited Clinical Coder

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

We are rapidly expanding, currently seeking an Accredited Clinical Coder to join our growing and innovative team at an acute hospital within the NHS. This is an exciting new post in our cohesive and established team. We are seeking a confident and passionate individual who thrives on change and wants to make a difference to the outcomes of our patients and staff. Detailed working knowledge of the Dorset health and care system is desirable, however not essential.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Coding Team is responsible for the extraction and translation of inpatient information using the ICD-10 and OPCS-4 Coding Classifications, following and in keeping with the well-defined national coding standards. This information is essential for the effective management of the Trust and crucial to the National tariff Payment System that underpins Trust income. Coded data is also important for clinical audit, governance and research.

As an Accredited Clinical Coder, you will make judgements on complex clinical information requiring interpretation and comparing options from information provided electronically and in paper-based health records. Clinical Coders have a crucial role in the provision of mandatory data for information, financial and reporting purposes both at local and national level. The post holder will be expected to be an Accredited Clinical Coder (ACC) through completion of the National Clinical Coding Qualification. As part of the role of the post-holder is expected to interact with clinicians, operational staff and have responsibility for own workload whilst maintaining accurate clinical coding quality.

About us

At Dorset County Hospital (DCH) we aspire to providing outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them. Our trust strategy is focussed on three strategic goals: People, Place, and Partnership. It signals our intention to truly value our staff. Our people are our most important asset, and we want them to feel valued, welcomed, respected, they belong and matter. We recognise the link between high levels of staff satisfaction and improving patient experience and outcomes.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Dorset County Hospital has a number of employees from overseas delivering high quality services and we recognise the value of diversity in leadership. We would welcome applications from people in groups which are under-represented at Board level.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the role please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Accredited Clinical Coder (Successful pass of National clinical Coding Qualification)
  • Completion of mandatory clinical coding training


  • Degree qualification or equivalent experience in clinical coding within an acute hospital setting

Knowledge & Experience


  • Significant experience of coding inpatient activity across a wide range of specialities within an acute NHS Trust setting
  • Significant knowledge, experience and understanding of ICD 10 and OPCS 4 coding classifications and standards applicable to NHS inpatient activity
  • Proven ability to abstract & analyse complex clinical information with a good understanding of medical terminology
  • Significant understanding of medical terminology and anatomy & physiology.
  • Good understanding of the importance of clinical coding and its uses and the impact of data issues.
  • Understanding of Information Governance and Confidentiality


  • Significant experience of using paper and electronic records to extract clinical information
  • Good communication, both verbal and written.
  • Good IT skills, experience using Microsoft applications.

Skills & Abilities


  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with other members of staff in a professional and effective manner
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines within defined policies and procedures
  • Ability to hold and maintain a detailed understanding of national clinical coding standards with the ability to apply these across a wide range of coding scenarios
  • Significant understanding of medical terminology and anatomy & physiology


  • Ability to self -motivate and to make appropriate judgments about when to seek guidance.
  • Confident in the use of Microsoft Office applications and other relevant IT software packages required.
  • Willing to work at other Trust sites or Trust -wide when required to do so.
  • Ability to mentor and support trainee Clinical Coders
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage to workload.
  • Reliable, enthusiastic with an ability to adapt to change.
  • Experience working within a team environment, supporting colleagues in achieving the teams' goals
  • Experience in working effectively and prioritising workload to meet deadlines while under pressure .
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.

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