Trainee Clinical Coder - #459784

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Date: Jun 23, 2022
City: Sheffield
Salary: £18,870 - £19,918 / year
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated individuals to join a friendly team committed to providing a high-quality clinical coding service to the Trust. As a trainee clinical coder, you will receive all relevant training required.



Sheffield is large teaching hospital, and you will have the opportunity to code a range of specialist services. The department has its own Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service Approved Trainer & Auditor and has offices at both the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals.



The post holders will ensure that clinical information is accurately and efficiently extracted from patients case notes, translating this information into appropriate ICD & OPCS codes for subsequent entry onto statistical databases. The resulting information is used by the Trust for managing resources, clinical research and commissioning.





  • Learn how to extract clinical information from patient records to identify diagnoses and surgical procedures. This will involve learning to use own judgement to assign primary and secondary status in complex cases or where there are several episodes of care within a hospital stay.

  • It is necessary to read through detailed case histories to ensure completeness and accuracy of data extraction and this will often involve exposure to potentially distressing/disturbing information/photographs.

  • To attend an intensive 25-day Clinical Coding Standards Course and internal training carried out by senior colleagues within the department.

  • Translate clinical information into appropriate codes using national coding classifications. This requires development of an in-depth knowledge of coding procedures and conventions and the acquisition of medical terminology. An awareness of human anatomy and physiological terms is also necessary. The performance of these tasks requires a high level of concentration to ensure the accuracy of this vital data.

  • Become proficient in the assignation of clinical codes according to the rules and conventions laid down by the World Health Organisation and Clinical Classification Service. This will require the application of analytical and judgemental skills on a regular basis.

  • Always maintain patient and staff confidentiality

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.



Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STH) has a clear vision to be recognised as the best provider of health care, clinical research and education in the UK and a strong contributor to the aspiration of Sheffield to be a vibrant and healthy city region.



Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

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