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Clinical Coding Manager

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Coding Manager to join the iDigital Team based at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be passionate about coding, be an Accredited Clinical Coder, with leadership qualities, and enthusiasm and drive to motivate our team of coders. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the coding staff with a view to the smooth running of the department to meet monthly deadlines. You should have proven ability to prioritise, plan, organise your workload and work under pressure, if required.

The role will have responsibilities to ensure all coding is completed timely an accurately for SUS deadlines and support internal Trust deadlines.

The post holder will be a highly organised and experienced manager with a strong interest in quality management, development, and excellence in service delivery. The post holder will have strong communication skills and an ability to develop strong and sustainable relationships with clinical and corporate colleagues within the Trust.

An attractive recruitment and retention payment is applicable to this post

Main duties of the job

To manage all operational and strategic issues associated with the Trusts Clinical Coding function including day to day responsibility for management of all coding staff, providing leadership and guidance to ensure that patient activity data is fully and accurately coded within prescribed timescales, whilst adhering to national and local standards.

The Clinical Coding department abstracts clinical information from source documents and translates this into clinical codes using ICD and OPCS classification systems by means of an encoder, according to national standards. The coded data has direct impact on Trust income and is used by Trust managers in strategic and operational decision-making processes, monitoring Trust activity and income, and negotiating contracts with commissioners. It is also used by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS England in planning local healthcare services, by NCS/SUS for national healthcare planning, epidemiology and public health statistics and by Trust clinicians for audit, research, and determining best practice.

To undertake the lead role on strategic coding developments across the Trusts notably in connection with ensuring the Trust conforms to the coding requirements and timeframes imposed through Payment by Results.

About us

Although you will be employed by Alder Hey Children's Hospital, you will be supporting Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Alder Hey Children's Hospital have both been accredited as HIMSS Stage 7 hospitals and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital delivers outstanding heart and chest care for patients - locally, nationally and internationally and employs some of the most talented and experienced clinical specialists in the country.

As one of Europe's biggest and busiest children's hospitals, at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, we treat everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions. In addition to our main hospital site, we offer paediatric services at a number of community sites and hold local clinics across Merseyside, Cumbria, Shropshire, Wales and the Isle of Man. We also provide specialist inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs in our recently relocated and newly opened state of the art facility.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details please refer to the job description document attached to this advert

  • Operationally, strategically and effective management of the Clinical Coding Service, including direct line-management and recruitment of all clinical coding staff within the Trust.
  • Ensure staff within the Clinical Coding Department receives individual appraisals in line with Trust policy, including formulation of personal development plans (PDPs), and that identified training and personal development are progressed, to sustain and improve individual performance using development opportunities provided by the Trust.
  • To ensure the Trust complies with all local and national requirements for the provision of coded activity information.
  • To ensure that all coding undertaken within the Trust is delivered to the required quality and timeframes.
  • To liaise with colleagues throughout the Trust on all issues associated with clinical coding.

  • To develop and implement operational and strategic plans for the Trusts coding function ensuring that these plans are aligned to the delivery of the Trusts objectives.
  • Develop, have ratified and implement policies and procedures within the organisation that ensure national clinical coding standards are met and best practice complied with.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and update of the coding system within the organisation and for ensuring that the system complies with all national requirements, initiatives and coding changes.
  • Raise awareness of clinical coding issues with Clinicians, Directorates, Managers and Clinical Coding Staff.
  • Maintain and improve communication with clinicians and Divisional Leads, Support Managers and Heads of Departments to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of the Clinical Coding Service.

Professional Responsibilities
  • To actively maintain own levels of knowledge and skills in relation to latest coding developments.
  • Represent the Trust and attend external local, regional and national meetings pertaining to clinical coding as necessary.
  • Act as a professional lead and resource for the clinical divisions and information on all matters relating to clinical coding and casemix (HRG) information.
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of all key developments in Health Informatics and clinical terminologies and classifications nationally and internationally, including contributing to research as appropriate.
  • As the Trusts Clinical Coding Lead attend Expert Working Groups in conjunction with the NHS DIgital Casemix and PbR organisations.

  • Ensure that all directions from internal and external audits are applied within the clinical coding function.
  • To deliver presentations and awareness to internal and external bodies on coding issues and changes to coding process, procedures, requirements and practices.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and update of the coding system within the organisation and for ensuring that the system complies with all national requirements, initiatives and coding changes.
  • Responsible for the interpretation of national guidance on coding and the reflection of national guidance in the operational workings of the clinical coding function specifically and the Trust generally.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • National Accredited Clinical Coder Qualification (ACC) with post accreditation experience of accurately coding complex data in acute NHS settings.
  • Clinical Coding Standards Refresher Course within the last three years
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience


  • NHS Digital Approved Experienced Clinical Coding Auditor
  • NHS Digital Approved Experienced Clinical Coding Trainer



  • Significant post clinical coding qualification experience at NHS Trusts.
  • Proven managerial experience of managing a clinical coding team
  • Experience of Implementation, review and undertaking of a structured coding audit programme and the writing of audit reports


  • Experience of coding cardiothoracic specialities



  • Proven expertise and specialist knowledge in the application of the rules and conventions of ICD-10 and OPCS-4.
  • Advanced knowledge of national coding standards and conventions and their relationship to Healthcare Resource Groups and Payment by Results (PbR)
  • Advanced knowledge of complex medical terminology and anatomy and physiology


  • Knowledge of SNOMED CT



  • Management skills, proven ability to manage, motivate and develop staff
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and the ablility comprehend analyse, evaluate and present complex information

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive


L14 3PE

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