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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2020.

Senior Clinical Coder, Band 6

Job Reference: 252-9709

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 Clinical Coding
£32,933 to £39,681 pa with fringe allowance

Are you an experienced Clinical Coder either working towards or having achieved the National Clinical Coding Qualification?

Do you have a strong desire to develop your career within a supportive and friendly environment with a team working toward team excellence and where each individual’s efforts are recognised?

If so then we at The Dartford and Gravesham Clinical Coding Service would love to hear from you!

As a department we can offer coders a comprehensive training and development structure through strong leadership, an in-house training programme, and cpd for coders and ACC coders, developing existing skills and learning new ones.

The department offers a flexible approach to varied working patterns to suit individual personal commitments and believes fully in a healthy work/life balance.

*Please note that due to the pandemic we are currently working remotely on a rotational basis for the foreseeable future.

The Role

These are Senior Clinical Coder posts at Band 6; consideration will be given to non-accredited coders – subject to assessment. Non ACC may be offered a post at Band 5 with automatic upgrade to Band 6 upon achieving accreditation.

Recruitment and Retention Bonus scheme is also available for ACC coders.

The post holder will be required to abstract, analyse and accurately code clinical information from patient records (paper and electronic) across all specialities using ICD-10 and OPCS-4 Classifications in accordance with National Standards and the Trust's Policy and Procedures guidelines. The role requires the successful candidate to produce consistent, accurate, complete and timely coded clinical data, for use by the Trust’s Finance Department among others and to meet increasingly demanding deadlines whilst maintaining accurate coding at all times.

We are a centralised coding team with an outreach at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. Our source documentation for coding is a mix of electronic and some paper documents, with an emphasis on moving towards a fully electronic patient record.

We are located in an easily accessible location that is well served by road and rail links from Kent and London.

Applicants are required to:

  • Possess the National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ) UK or be working towards it
  • Have experience of using ICD-10 and OPCS-4 classifications (current version) in an acute hospital setting
  • Have extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Be experienced in clinical coding for a wide range of specialties
  • Be proactive, flexible and supportive towards an electronic way of working as the Trust develops its electronic patient record
  • Have a strong team working ethos

For more information please contact:

Sheniz Bahriyeli, Head of Clinical Coding -

The Trust has a strong commitment to equality and diversity. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 'Positive action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. As our workforce is currently under-represented in bands 6, 7 and 8, we encourage applications from people with black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Working days and or shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a smoke free organisation. To improve public health, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital site. For advice and support on stop smoking please call 0300 123 1220.

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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