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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/08/2021.

Trainee Clinical Coder

Job Reference: 339-CCC0481-A

North Bristol NHS Trust
Clinical Coding
Southmead Hospital, Bristol
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.

Are you interested in an exciting career within the NHS? If so, North Bristol is recruiting for a Trainee Clinical Coder to join their challenging and diverse Clinical Coding Department.


You will be responsible for translating medical terminology documented in patient records into national codes using the classifications ICD10 and OPCS4. The requirement is to produce consistent, accurate, complete and timely coded clinical data, for use by the Trust Finance Department among others.

In your quest for accurate data, you will come into contact with a variety of staff of different levels throughout the Trust. Experience is not essential as full training will be provided.

As a Trainee Clinical Coder you will start on Band 3 and be regularly assessed and tested during training. After approximately 18 months and following passing an in house test and audit you will become an experienced Clinical Coder. After an agreed time frame (usually two to three years after commencing as a trainee) trainees sit the National Clinical Coding Qualification and upon passing will become a Senior Clinical Coder.

The Clinical Coding Department aims to meet the demands of a modern NHS and to support the Trust's Business Activity by recruiting high calibre individuals.

Working in the Clinical Coding department at North Bristol NHS Trust provides a job with great career progression and the chance to work in a busy acute hospital.

  • Please note we always have a high number of applications for Trainee Coder roles so we would advise submitting your application as soon as possible as this advert may close early.
  • Please remember to provide details of how you meet the criteria within the person specification.

A remote assessment centre for shortlisted candidates will be held on either 19th or 23rd August. Successful candidates will then be invited for interview.



For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Julie Gilbert

Job title: Clinical Coding Divisional Lead

Email address:

Telephone number: 0117 4148789

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

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