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Senior Clinical Coder (Band 5/4/3)

Job Reference: 317-2021-07-51-DR

Employer:
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
317 Clinical Coding - Corporate
Location:
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
Salary:
£19,737 - £30,615 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.


If you would like a rewarding career in the profession of Clinical Coding, we are looking for experienced, highly motivated and highly skilled Clinical Coders to join our already established Clinical Coding Team.

Entry level for Senior Qualified Clinical Coders who have gained Accreditation (ACC) is Band 5 - candidates must also have extensive practical coding experience and the skills to code across multiple complex specialities.

Entry level for those who are looking to embark on a career in Clinical Coding is Band 3 - 4 depending on experience and qualifications.

Candidates entering at Band 3 must have a basic knowledge of ICD10 and OPCS4 classifications, basic knowledge for Anatomy and Physiology, possess A –level qualifications or equivalent, have excellent communication skills and experience of working to targets and key performance indicators. To progress to Band 4 you must pass the Clinical Coding Standards Course and attain the set competencies attached to this role.

Candidates entering at Band 4 must have an in-depth knowledge of OPCS 4 and ICD10 classifications, extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, A-level qualification or equivalent, previous practical coding experience in an acute hospital setting and hold the Clinical Coding Standards Course Certificate. To progress to Band 5 you will be expected to study and pass the National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ) plus attain the set competencies attached to the Senior Qualified Clinical Coder role.

The training period to become a Senior Qualified Clinical Coder is a minimum of 3 years.

Professional Accreditation is fully funded along with all training courses which are provided by our in-house Clinical Coding Trainer.

About the team and department

Clinical Coding is fundamental to the national reimbursement mechanism of Payment by Results (PbR) and has a major influence on Trust income and future funding. We offer the second highest number of specialised services than any other group of hospitals in the UK. We have an enviable high profile throughout the Trust allowing clinical coders to work with individual clinicians and clinical directorate leads.

What will the role entail?

You will be directly accountable for improving data quality through clinical engagement, ensuring the ongoing accuracy of clinical coded data and meeting the Trust’s strict contractual deadlines. As well as coding to a high standard, you will work with our Team Leads in provision of mentoring and supporting junior staff, assist in the engagement of internal audit and liaise with senior clinicians where appropriate.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent clinical coding, analytical and organisational skills to join our large and friendly team. You will enjoy the on-going development opportunities that our department provides which will ensure that you have the most up to date and advanced coding skills required to code in a Trust of this calibre.

For a Senior Clinical Coding role entering at Band 5 level you will have successfully passed the National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ) and gained Accreditation and have a minimum of 3 years practical coding experience. Experience of coding across multiple complex specialities is essential and the ability to mentor less experienced coders is another key part to this role.

If you are entering at a trainee level you will be taken through the trainee route with all relevant courses and qualifications fully funded.

Why choose us?

Our department delivers effective leadership, career progression and excellent benefits including working from home and flexible working in one of the most advanced teaching NHS Foundation Trusts in the country. We also have a clear, structured career progression pathway and with senior clinical coders having the opportunity to progress into team leaders, auditors, trainers and management positions throughout the Trust. As a member of staff at Newcastle Hospitals, you are entitled to many staff benefits. From car lease schemes, technology schemes, and discounted travel passes to discounts across hotels, bars and restaurants. You are also eligible to join the Staff Social Club, which runs a monthly lottery as well as access to lots of great subsidised events, trips and parties.

For more information and details on required qualifications/experience, please see the person specification and job description linked on the right hand side.

Please feel free to get in touch using the details on the right, if you would like to discuss the role further or come in for an informal visit.

Band 5 Salary: £24,907 - £30,615 per annum

Band 4 Salary: £21,892 - £24,157 per annum

Band 3 Salary: £19,737 - £21,142 per annum

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week

 

 

Additional contact information

Allison McCall

Allison.McCall1@nhs.net

Tel: 07983563933




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