A Clinical Coder translates medical notes and records and translating them into alphanumeric codes representing information about the patient’s stay.
Clinical Coders work in NHS trusts or private hospitals. The data they record can be used to monitor and manage care, providing both clinical insight and information for hospital management.
Having some interest in and knowledge of biology or anatomy can be helpful.
Clinical Coders work as part of a team and provide support to senior colleagues. The team structure provides progression opportunities for those keen to build a career in clinical coding.
18 - 24 Months
Blend of online and classroom
Individual employers will set their eligibility criteria. This might include Level 2 in English language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Level 3 competency. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level before completing the end-point assessment.
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of two distinct assessment methods:
|Assessment Method||Area Assessed||Weighting|
|Clinical Coding Test
||Knowledge and skills||50%|
|Professional Discussion||Knowledge, skills and behaviours||50%|
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Joanna Fisher, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
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