Clinical Coder

  • Full time
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • July 31, 2022
  • £25,655 - £31,534

Clinical Coder

We are looking to recruit a high calibre individual to be part of our clinical coding team.

An opportunity exists for an accredited clinical coder looking to advance their career within the profession.

We require a motivated and enthusiastic individual to be part of our extremely busy clinical coding team. The successful candidate must be flexible and able to work under pressure to deadlines.

Clinical coding is a high profile area of work as the data collected by the Team is essential for the effective management of the Trust and directly influences its income through Payment by Results and .


Main duties of the job


The colleague will be responsible for extracting clinical information from the Medical casenotes, either in paper format or increasingly from the electronic patient information system, and for translating diagnostic and procedural information into national ICD-10 and OPCS-4 codes.

The requirement is to produce consistent, accurate, complete and timely coded clinical data to facilitate managers and clinicians in the monitoring, planning and provision of high quality patient care.

The post holder must apply clinical codes adhering to National standards, local policies and meet the monthly coding deadline.

Clinical codes are the source for Healthcare Resource Groups, which are used to determine NHS Reference costs and the basis for payment by results.

You will play a vital role in attracting the correct reimbursement for Trust activity


Working for our organisation


Our Clinical Coding team has a broad range of experience, and we have a supportive, professional and approachable culture.

Our team leaders provide guidance and mentoring to the team in all aspects of clinical coding and there is a strong focus on colleague wellbeing.

We have an Experienced Approved Clinical Coding Trainer and two Approved Clinical Coding Auditors in the team, meaning that full audit, validation and training support is available.

We offer flexible working, wellbeing sessions, socials, pastoral and professional support and training.

We look forward to welcoming the right candidate to our team!

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Highlights (for full Job Description please see attached documents)

  • To liaise with Trust staff in order to achieve the collection of complete and accurate data
  • To liaise with and work closely with department colleagues to ensure that departmental objectives and targets are achieved
  • Work closely with the Management team to ensure that the Service develops in line with both the needs of the Organisation and the National Requirements
  • To take responsibility for own work
  • Work efficiently both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Achieve demanding monthly coding deadlines (and sometimes changing deadlines) while ensuring accuracy is maintained
  • To share ideas for improvements to department procedures and policies
  • Abstraction skills in relation to clinical classifications
  • Ability to effectively research using the internet, journals, papers
  • The post holder will have a particularly high level of access to sensitive clinical information which is specific to individual patients and as such is required to respect that data. This means that it is a requirement of the post that the post holder has a working knowledge of what the term ‘confidentiality’ means and the requirements of the Trusts confidentiality policy including its practical application.
  • Use judgement and experience to critically analyse the range of complex clinical information required to assign diagnostic and procedural codes in accordance with National Standards and local policies
  • Assist Clinical Coders with workload and queries
  • Must have taken the National Clinical Coding Qualification and achieved Accredited Clinical Coder (ACC) status
  • To review and correct where appropriate, incorrect and/or inconsistent data items
  • To suggest improvements to local policy where appropriate
  • To maintain and develop practical coding skills and theoretical knowledge relating to the use of the encoding classifications. This will require a range of formal internal and external specialist training
  • Have significant practical coding experience across a range of Specialities and be adaptable to switch between them as necessary, applying appropriate coding conventions

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • At least three years clinical coding experience
  • Be experienced in the use of ICD-10 and OPCS-4
  • Have experience in working in a clinical coding department in an acute Trust


Essential criteria
  • Attained Accredited Clinical Coding Qualification
  • The National Standards that direct the use of ICD-10 and OPCS-4 in the UK.
  • The anatomy, physiology and terminology that describes the human body, its diseases and treatments
  • Wider informatics issues within the NHS such as Terming and HRGs
  • Use of other computer systems and software (essentially computer literacy)
Desirable criteria
  • The uses of encoded clinical data in hospitals and the wider NHS
  • Microsoft applications – specifically Word and Excel


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of a good standard of literacy/English language skills
  • Ability to liaise appropriately with a range of hospital personnel
  • Communicate confidence and professionalism both verbally and non-verbally
  • Ability to discuss cases and examples whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to self-motivate and motivate others
  • Ability to organise own work
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Keyboard and data entry skills
  • Use of complex clinical coding encoding software
  • Prolonged sitting and repetitive tasks requiring prolonged concentration
Desirable criteria
  • Use of Trust preferred Patient Administration System (PAS)
Job Overview
  • Salary
    £25,655 - £31,534
  • Job Category
    General / Other
  • Disability Confident
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