ACC Lead Coder/Support Trainer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide comprehensive, high quality, efficient clinical coding of inpatients and day cases using ICD 10 and OPCS4 classifications to facilitate Payment by Results, statistical and performance analysis and clinical care/audit. The UHP Clinical Coding Department codes approximately 176,625 inpatient and day case episodes per year.

To Support the Trainer to deliver training sessions as and when required.

To assist in the development of in house training material as and when required.

To provide support to the trainee, this will include checking coding and answering queries in the absence of the trainer.

Duties may also include some engagement in validation meetings with clinicians, education of junior clinicians in the importance of co-morbidity recording, building working relationships with service teams and to act as a point of contact for coding issues.

The salary will include 15% recruitment and retention premium also.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Clinical Coding Department as an ACC qualified Clinical Coder at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP).

We require a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our extremely busy team. If you are looking to develop your skills in the coding environment and feel that you can make a positive contribution to our service we would like to hear from you. We also offer a limited Working from Home Rota and are working towards implementing an EPR system which will create the opportunity for further flexible working.

The post-holder will support the Trainer to deliver training sessions as and when required.

The post-holder will provide support to other Coders within the department for speciality queries.

The post-holder will provide support for the improvement of clinically coded data collection across the trust and will assist the Clinical Coding Service Manager and the Head of Business Admin & Projects in acting as a point of reference for Clinicians and other Staff groups.

The post-holder will assist the Clinical Coding Service Manager in providing advice and support to Service Line Managers for clinical coding issues.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be fully conversant with the relevant publications of International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10) and Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures (OPCS4).
  • To critically examine the clinical information required assigning the national codes in accordance with the national guidelines.
  • To extract diagnoses and operations from summary sheets and health records for all inpatient and day case episodes, showing a high level of expertise across all specialties.
  • To classify diagnoses and operations and to accurately input onto the iPM system, every code relevant to the care episode that affects the care and influences the health status of the patient.
  • To prioritise and code any outstanding uncoded episodes as identified by computer printouts, so that work targets, laid down by the Clinical Coding Service Manager are met.
  • To act as a mentor giving support and advice to other more junior coding staff.

  • To act as a specialty lead for at least one specialty, attending audit meetings as required and advising on review / audit issues to that directorate/specialty.
  • To provide support to the trainee and non-ACC coders, this will include checking coding and answering queries in the absence of the trainer.
  • To ensure adherence to local procedures for clinical coding relating to individual specialties/consultants.

  • To liaise with consultants, junior medical staff, business managers, information analysts, finance staff, clinical effectiveness and audit staff and medical secretaries to address any queries arising during the abstraction process.
  • Assist the Clinical Coding Service Manager, and the Head of Business Administration & Projects, in providing support through the accuracy, timeliness and quality of coded data enabling the calculation of a set of high level indicators ( clinical indicators ) that provide an over view of Hospital performance.
  • To undergo intensive training covering all specialties of coding in order to be able to change and adapt to new coding procedures as required.
  • To keep abreast of current national developments pertaining to clinical coding with colleagues throughout the region and inform Trust personnel as necessary.
  • To participate in clinical coding projects where necessary.

  • To order stationary for the office

    Person Specification



    • Accredited Clinical Coder

    knowledge & Experience


    • Expertise in clinical coding using ICD10 and OPCS4


    • To have achieved classifications service approved trainer status.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Derriford Hospital


    PL6 8DH

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