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Accredited Clinical Coder

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 a year R&R is established dependent on increment level.
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to recruit accomplished Accredited Clinical Coders to join their Clinical Coding team.

The Trust are looking for committed and experienced Clinical Coders with excellent communication skills and expertise in the role as an Accredited Clinical Coder.

The department offers comprehensive training for all coders with help developing existing skills and learning new ones.

The department has an established internal Clinical Coding Audit Program.

R& R is established dependent on increment level.

Hybrid working can be discussed at interview

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have responsibility for the coding of all speciality based patient admissions, by abstracting clinical data from electronic patient records and translating it into diagnostic (ICD10) and procedure (OPCS4) coding classifications.

Applicants will be eager to work with good organisational skills, be able to work well under pressure and prioritise their own workload.

A first-class knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology is essential along with the ability to demonstrate competence in the use of ICD10 and OPCS4 classifications. The application of clinical coding standards across specialities is a prerequisite. Coders should have completed National Clinical Coding Refresher Course within the past two years.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?c

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary
  • To accurately extract relevant clinical information from the Patient Health Care Record and to assign appropriate codes following established National Coding Guideline
  • To interface with clinicians, healthcare workers, and other relevant personnel in order to ensure coding accuracy and integrity are maintained at the highest level
  • To mentor and support all junior staff

Job responsibilities

Communication and Team Working
  • To seek guidance from Trust clinicians to address coding issues and discrepancies related to their specific specialities
  • Assign correlation of data from electronic patient record to 3M Medicode software for data, service improvement and HRG gathering
  • To promote among clinicians, health care workers and any other associated outside agency, awareness of the Clinical Coding role and its uses within the trust to raise the stature of Clinical Coding as the essence of professionalism
  • Facilitate improved communication within the department and between other departments, clinicians, managers, ward staff and other personnel
  • To interface with other Trusts, offices, and personnel in seeking ways, means, and ideas to improve the coding office processes

  • Planning and Organising
  • To assist the Team Manager in maintaining departmental performance with regard to quality and quantity by upholding agreed standards
  • To assist the Team Manager in work allocation, supervision and planning tasks to all members of staff
  • Monitor own performance against previously agreed objectives
  • To support the team ensuring monthly targets are met
  • Organise own day to day work task, completing priority coding foremost
  • Operate own workload day to day

  • Managing People and Resources
  • To take personal responsibility to ensure the correct usage of all resources provided to perform assigned tasks
  • Assist the Team Manager in monitoring performance of junior members of staff
  • To identify and participate in any cost improvement measures as required

  • Training and Teaching
  • To seek and attend in-house training, workshops, formal training, open discussions, and briefing from various expert sources in order to maintain coding proficiency
  • To seek knowledge and experience levels required to maintain national Accredited Clinical Coder (ACC) status
  • To be responsible for attaining and maintaining proficiency levels necessary to sustain coding data accuracy and integrity
  • Attain and maintain proficiency levels in all tasks within the coding office and perform these duties as required
  • Mentor junior members of staff in speciality coding
  • Mentor junior members of staff in coding direction and assistance
  • Assist the Team Manager in the training and development of junior members of staff as required
  • To maintain IT knowledge and 3M knowledge
  • To maintain medical terminology and coding conventions and to increase skill in long term development

  • Policy, Service, Research Development
  • Participate in audit and monitoring of standards
  • To participate in the development of an evidenced-based and patient focused service
  • To be responsible for increasing their own professional research knowledge by promoting a questioning and analytical approach to coding
  • Adhere to local coding office Policies and Procedures, conforming to National Standards as established by the Clinical Coding Team Manager
  • Ensure correct procedures are adhered to relating to telephone calls into department and take appropriate action as necessary
  • To work within an overall framework of Clinical Governance
  • To support the Team Manager in the implementation of Trust Policies such as Risk Assessment and Incident Reporting management
  • Comply with patient confidentiality and GDPR at all times
  • Implement agreed Local Polices and Clinical Coding Guidelines, update training materials when changes require

  • Administration
  • To attend discussions, meetings, and functions that have a direct bearing on the clinical coding process, as required. Ensuring coding processes are not compromised
  • Develop knowledge of the correct procedures and use of the Individual Performance Review (IPR) system
  • To uphold highest levels of efficiency relating to the correct usage of the eCare, 3M Medicode, ICE, Evolve and any other data storage systems required to maintain standards
  • Frequent prolonged effort for workload on a computer
  • Frequent indirect exposure to emotional circumstances
  • Constant requirement for prolonged concentration and sitting for long periods at workstation.

  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Use and encourage others to be familiar with the personal security systems within the workplace, according to practice guidelines
  • To initiate the emergency alarm when required if assistance is required for staff and patient safety
  • Identify the risks involved in work activities and undertake them in a way that minimises risks
  • Work in line with Health and Safety policies and procedures within the workplace
  • Uses the trust incident reporting system to report any issues that may affect the working environment.

  • Personal Development/Clinical & Professional
  • To at all times strive to use correctly the following guidelines: International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS-4) within the Trust
  • Maintain National Standards established by the NHS Digital National Clinical Coding Standard Reference books
  • To support the Trust in complying with National Standards, for example CNST, Controls Assurance and National Clinical Coding Standards
  • Judgement for all complex training factors in presentation and feedback scenarios
  • To process and codify patients medical records and any other relevant documentation

  • Person Specification

    Education & Qualification


    • Accredited Clinical Coder (ACC)
    • Good general education (Degree level or equivalent)
    • Anatomy, Biology, Physiology
    • Certificate in Medical Terminology
    • Clinical Coding Standards Course

    Experience & Kowledge


    • Minimum 2 years NHS experience
    • Refresher course in past 3 years
    • Experience in Team environment
    • Clerical experience
    • Awareness of patient confidentiality and GDPR
    • Working knowledge of an electronic patient record system
    • Working knowledge of Medicode encoder/other encoder
    • Wide speciality coding


    • Working with the public

    Skills & Abilities


    • Good interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work calmly in a busy environment
    • Evidence of supporting junior staff
    • Good IT skills
    • Time management skills
    • Polite and efficient manner
    • Group working skills
    • Ability to analyse
    • Able to maintain levels of high concentration

    Personal Qualities


    • Supportive of others and is a team player
    • Motivated
    • Flexible approach to working hours/duties
    • Has an eye for attention to detail
    • Analytical

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Hardwick Lane

    Bury St Edmunds

    IP33 2QZ

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