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claretandamberforever Sun 14-Oct-12 18:41:34

I know this is a long shot but is anyone a clinical coder? Or does anyone know someone who is one.

Somehow I have managed to blag an interview for a trainee coder position. I've looked into what the job entails and I am confident in my ability that I'd be able to do the job.

However there isn't many personal testimonies around on the net, and I'd love to know if people enjoy their job.

Thanks if there is anyone who can help

seldonplan Mon 03-Oct-16 21:14:16

Hi Clinical Coders.

I work in the technology space and implementing digital systems to assist individuals with manually intensive workflows.

I recently got interested in this NHS Coding problem after a personal experience and I am investing time to develop a system that could help Clinical Coders and Health Boards process more records, faster and more accurately. I have access to a Health Trust who has agreed to review anything I create.

If you can spare 5 minutes to tell me about your work life it would be much appreciated, please click on the link to answer few questions:


seldonplan Mon 03-Oct-16 21:13:02

Hi Clinical Coders.

I work in the technology space and implementing digital systems to assist individuals with manually intensive workflows.

I recently got interested in this NHS Coding problem after a personal experience and I am investing time to develop a system that could help Clinical Coders and Health Boards process more records, faster and more accurately. I have access to a Health Trust who has agreed to review anything I create.

If you can spare 5 minutes to tell me about your work life it would be much appreciated, please click on the link to answer few questions:


JenniferYellowHat1980 Tue 09-Aug-16 19:46:33


JenniferYellowHat1980 Tue 09-Aug-16 19:46:19

If you're still looking for anatomy and physiology resources, Bounless biology is good, as is Khan Academy. Others are Ivy Rose Holistic and

cars254 Wed 03-Aug-16 21:08:44

Hi, I've just applied for a band 3 training coder post at a trust here in the North West, I currently work as a band 3 secretary in the oral surgery department at the hospital and thought it sounded interesting and for a trainee post I felt I met the criteria. Hoping to be shortlisted at least - good luck to you for your interview! Can't help with the books or anything but I'll be following this post 😉

shaz91 Thu 21-Jul-16 07:35:48

Hi, I have an interview soon. Can anyone recommend any books or online resources for Anatomy and Physiology? They have told me they will also ask a statement question and test my attention to detail. Any ideas on how to prepare for these and what questions they could ask me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated smile

di2004 Sun 19-Jun-16 01:09:39

Hi I've been a coder in the NHS for almost 20 years now. Basically you have to know anatomy & physiology fairly well and be prepared to go on regular courses to learn ICD 10 (the World Health Organisation Classification for diseases) and OPCS 4.7 (Classification for procedures/interventions).
Main duties are to accurately assign alphanumerical codes linked to disease/illness and procedures, from looking at patients case notes. Unfortunately you get to record everything, some notes can be distressing to read others not so bad - on the whole a brilliant insight to learn a new skill whilst bringing revenue for the NHS (all coding is linked to national tariff).
Anyone who is interested I would recommend to apply for the particular post advertised.. it's a wonderful career.

girlinthenewcity Sat 30-Apr-16 13:42:19

Thanks alot for your post..It's quite helpful..It My interview is due this I've got some time for preparation. I really want this job.. I am just worried about looking up the codes in the manual as I have no experience of it at all..I m just hope that my interview goes well now.. !!

trekabe Sat 30-Apr-16 00:07:14

Hi gitnc, I dont know if you have had your interview already but knowing basic anatomy and phys would make it easy like knowing the names of some bones, parts of various body structures and how they function and these can be found if you just did a google on them. Coders use coding books/manuals in their work but I dont think they should ask someone who has no previous experience to do such an exercise as its unfair unless they are looking for applicants with some experience. Again, all NHS trusts are different with regards to what they are looking for in new starters.

I would say read and get to know a lil basic anatomy and phys and express that you are interested in everything medical related, like with every interview, its how confident you protray yourself that can better your chances. Hope this helps, good luck.

girlinthenewcity Wed 27-Apr-16 23:06:26

Hii!! I've got an interview for the position of clinical coder...Need some tips as I really want this job..Also, part of interview process that says: short test in anatomy and physiology, and applicants to look up codes using standard manuals.

Does anyone have any idea what it would involve exactly..??

Help Pleaseeeee..!!!


trekabe Fri 25-Mar-16 22:26:55

Hi Ribb, yes it is possible to train/work part time as a coder. I have been doin the job here in North Yorkshire for over 10 yrs and a lot of my colleagues work part time or job share after they have had kids to make it easy to juggle work and home and they seem to manage without any problems. Have you had any experience in the medical field or any medical background ? Would def make the interview less stressful and fairly easy. You didnt mention when your interview was but best of luck.

Ribbontail Fri 19-Feb-16 16:07:16


This thread has been dormant for a good while, but as I am in the exact same boat as most people who have written here I thought I'd try and revive it.

I've got an interview for a trainee position, band 2 (it being in the North West, like the last person writing here had said).

I have two small children at home so wanted to ask - is it possible to train / work as a clinical coder part time? Or am I wasting everyone's time by going to the interview?

Glitterbug29 Fri 07-Aug-15 17:59:58

I am a clinical coder of four years now based in the North West. Most trainee positions up here start at a band 2. In my current trust, trainees are a band 2 until they have completed their standards course (roughly 3 months) and then they are promoted to a band 3. It is recommend that you spend 2-3 years coding before you take your NCCQ exam to become accredited, after which you will become a band 4 accredited coder.

I passed the NCCQ exam in September 2014 and was made a band 4 from my results date in December. I have since been made a band 5 mentor since May and I'm looking at becoming an auditor in two years time which is a band 6 at my trust.

It seems that coding departments around the country are undergoing restructuring at the minute, so it's possible to jump through the bands fairly quickly if you put the work in smile

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Wed 05-Aug-15 10:55:55

You can see the pay scales/bands on coder ads on the NHS jobs site, biziguy

Here's info on the 2015 Agenda for Change pay scales/bandings

biziguy Wed 05-Aug-15 10:45:47

Hello Sipa,

Thank you for your inputs in this thread.
Could you throw some light on pay scales for clinical coders please. I mean, beginners, specialist etc.

Also in NHS, other companies would be great.

Many thanks in advance.

mumznet Thu 25-Jun-15 12:36:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Tue 24-Mar-15 15:48:05

Tbh, you should be more than qualified ��

littlecath Tue 24-Mar-15 15:44:37

Thanks for that SqueezyCheeseWeasel.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Tue 24-Mar-15 10:35:56

Band 2?! That is atrocious. I would expect basic office skills for band 2 and consider myself lucky for that, tbh. Band 2 is incredibly low for a coding post, training or not. They are 3 (4 once exams completed) in my local Trust (I don't work there anymore but used to work in the office next door to the coders).

The person spec and job description should tell you what they need from you but tbh, for band 2 it should be pretty basic, skills wise with an understanding of the confidential nature of the work (obv you were bound by all that as part of your dental nurse work so you can demonstrate that), the ability to work to deadlines and sound, accurate record keeping skills (again, presumably your dental nursing included recording the treatments too - the nurses do at my surgery, anyway). Also your transferable skills from life as a long term carer - time management, compassion, patience and tenacity are valid too. If your mother has been ill and accessed hospital care, you also have an idea of the patient journey through healthcare which is what you record as a coder (the billable bits, anyway grin).

Good luck.

littlecath Tue 24-Mar-15 10:17:26

I have just come across a clinical coder trainee job band 2. I have been out of work for 12 years (i am a carer for my mum) and my last interview was over 20 years ago. Nervous about applying for a job is an understatement. I was a dental nurse for 12 years so dental anatomy and dental terminology are all I know (what I can remember). Could I possibly apply for this role? How much would I need to know at band 2?

vinegarandbrownpaper Fri 06-Feb-15 01:54:19

You have to be resilient to surgeons trying to inflate their fees by implying routine ops. are in fact specialist. They WILL use their status to try and bully you into inflating their fees and to discourage you from challenging this. You may also be 'encouraged' to use non-specific codes where a precise one is necessary and will have to ask surgeons to get their fingers out and draw diagrams properly etc Its quite a responsible revenue protection job. And you will deal with some blustering greedy deceptive bastards, but the NHS right up to government level willback you up against this inflation of roles and payments.

sipa2015 Fri 06-Feb-15 01:40:58

Hi There. I'am a clinical coder of 7 years and for those entering into the role of trainee Clinical coder be prepared for the pressure and low pay whilst training. If you don't have a general interest in this subject then I'd say it's one of harder jobs if not the most difficult in administration jobs within the NHS and the pay does not reflect the role. You are expected to constantly be updating your books and to have good understanding of what it is you are coding. My medical dictionary is my best friend so I understand the condition and symptoms that are part of that condition so I do not over code. There are so many rules to sequencing with includes, excludes notes it is constant learning but I enjoy this part of the job. It is not a very sociable job and the coding office tends to be either silent or conversations about coding. You are very busy and Be prepared to work late on deadline week. Medical terminology is very important as is the willingness to learn as there are constant changes. Excellent concentration, attention to detail and you have to be super organised and always on top of your missing, histologies and queries. Good luck ladies

Halo2015 Mon 19-Jan-15 19:22:15

I've just got a job as a trainee clinical coder on my interview I done a test about anatomy which was about 5 questions, then a test using the green books ICD10 & OPCS4 and then a interview.

Dumbi Sun 11-Jan-15 22:18:37

Got a test for coding officer and anatomy is required anyone done this test and advise what they will be asking Cheers

bantamgirl Mon 05-Jan-15 19:12:05

I was the OP of this thread (password issues).

My test was on basic anatomy - very basic. Then I was given a practical test. Left in a room with a massive directory of codes, and a list of ailments and had to cross reference the correct ailment to the correct code. Nothing too difficult. This took about 30 minutes.

And the interview questions were just 'normal' so "can you tell me your understanding of what a clinical coder is", "what have you done to prepare for this interview" and a couple of "can you give us an example of when you have worked effectively as part of a team" - I can't remember the rest as it was 2 years ago but it wasn't the worst interview I have ever had. Oh - one of them was about how I would manage to fit in self-learning as I had a qualification to work towards as part of the role.

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