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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/10/2020.

Junior Clinical Coder Band 3

Job Reference: 370-ADM3COD-1880

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Coding
£19,737 to £21,142 pa

We are WHH an NHS Foundation Trust acknowledged as providing a positive learning environment and proud to be recognised as a Teaching Hospital. We provide first class services at Warrington Hospital, Halton General Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in the North West of England.

Our mission is to be Outstanding for our patients, our communities and each other.

We pride ourselves in being consciously inclusive and enjoy working with and for the diverse community we serve, employing a high calibre of skilled staff, reflective of our communities.

Our vision is to continue to deliver high quality, safe and sustainable health and care services to the local population of Warrington, Halton and beyond. Our approach to healthcare is founded on our five core values; Working Together, Excellence, Accountable, Role Models and Embracing Change.

As an applicant or employee of WHH you have our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, it’s the way we work! Our beliefs and culture insist that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment from the start of the employment journey.

Working at WHH means joining a team of 4,000+ professional and support staff who local people look to, to keep them well and support their well-being. If you embrace these values and are motivated to making a difference to our patients, we'll look forward to receiving your application.

Junior Clinical Coder


Considering a role as a Clinical Coder?

This role isn’t for everyone therefore the details below will help you consider whether a career in Clinical Coding is for you.

Your day as a clinical coder

You work at your local NHS hospital where you and your team record information about every patient who is admitted to your hospital, investigating all aspects of their journey from start to finish. You confidentially tell the inpatient story in a coded format to support quality patient care and ensure correct reimbursement for the care given.

You begin by reviewing the stay of an elderly woman who had a hip operation two days ago. From her digital and paper medical notes you find identify which ward she was on before her surgery, details of her diagnosis, operation any other treatment she received and any comorbidities she may have. You then use the special alphanumeric code system (ICD-10 and OPCS) you've been trained in and assign the correct codes before entering the coding on the computer system. These records can be understood throughout the NHS and are used to plan for future patient care.  You are excited to code your next patient journey as you are multi-skilled and can code a wide range of specialties including but not limited to General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Maternity, Trauma & Orthopaedics, ENT.

You love the detective element of your job, investigating diagnosis and procedures to ensure you have a full understanding before coding and learning about healthcare and new treatments which means your work is always interesting.  You accept that there is on-going learning and updating of your skills and although the work is challenging at times, you gain a great deal of satisfaction from doing a brilliant job in supporting patient care in a non-patient facing way.

Does this sound like you?

You're a good lateral thinker and problem solver. You're logical, pay attention to detail, possess the ability to concentrate for long periods of time and enjoy working as part of a team.  You are not worried about taking on a role that requires a very high level of training and learning every day for up to 3 years and having your worked audited on a regular basis even when qualified.  You will be dedicated to study in your own time and will embrace the opportunity of a full training and development plan designed to support your progress.  You will have a good understanding of confidentiality and have a natural curiosity and interest in the human body, how illness manifests and is treated.  You like the idea of being a bit of a detective, piecing together lots of different information to tell a patient story in a coded format.


You'll need a good, basic education to apply for this role, therefore GCSE’s (or the equivalent) in Math’s, English and Science are essential.  Experience using computers is also important, as is attention to detail and an understanding of the Clinical Coding process.  You will need to have a natural aptitude for clinical coding which will be tested at the first stage of the interview process.

Please Note:

The selection process will take place in 2 stages. 

Stage 1 will be an aptitude assessment with Stage 2 being a panel interview. Only those applicants who are successful at stage 1 will be invited back for a panel interview. 

Key Dates:

Stage 1 Interviews (aptitude assessment):  Either Tuesday 3rd or Thursday 5th November.

Stage 2 interviews (panel interview):  Either Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th November.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

As an applicant or employee of WHH you have our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, it’s the way we work! We encourage all applicants to share their personal information with us to understand why please read `Be counted` and `8 reasons why’ in the additional information.

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Depending on the classification of the post, in-line with DBS guidelines, a Standard or Enhanced disclosure will be required which may include a check of the ‘Vulnerable Adults List’, the ‘Children’s List’ and/or the Independent Safeguarding Authorities (ISA’s) barred lists.

A charge of £60 (Enhanced) will be made by the successful candidate which will be deducted from the first 3 months’ salary. In addition to this, you will also be required to re-pay any future costs that may arise in relation to DBS fees.

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