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Senior Clinical Coder

Job Reference: 317-2021-52-044

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Clinical Coding - Corporate
317 Trustwide
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

In line with new legislation, all NHS staff and volunteers directly involved in patient facing roles will need to be fully vaccinated with both their first and second Covid vaccines by 1st April 2022. Newcastle Hospitals provides CQC regulated activity and is required to ensure that staff and volunteers comply with these regulations when they come into force. Therefore, staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust working in roles ‘in scope’ of this legislation will be required to evidence their vaccination status as part of the routine NHS Pre Employment checks process.

If you would like a rewarding career in the profession of Clinical Coding, we are looking for experienced, highly motivated and highly skilled qualified Clinical Coders to join our already established Clinical Coding Team. For qualified Clinical Coders (ACC status) looking at improving their work/life balance, we offer a high degree of flexibility, including remote working and flexible work patterns, offering candidates who live further afield the opportunity to apply.

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 specialties.

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.

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.

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 extensive 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.

Our department delivers effective leadership, career progression and excellent benefits 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.

We offer a high degree of flexibility and for experienced staff there is the opportunity to work remotely and from home, regardless of location, due to the technological advancements at Newcastle hospitals.

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.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


For further details / informal visits contact:

Allison McCall


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