The NHS Classifications Service is the definitive source of clinical coding guidance and sets the national standards for ICD-10 and OPCS-4 used by the NHS.
The format and structure of the release files remains unchanged. The data files and specifications will be distributed via the Technology Reference-data Update Distribution Service (TRUD) on 01 November 2016
Please see Amd 105/2015: OPCS-4.8 for more information
For any queries regarding this release please contact Information Standards Service Desk
OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures (OPCS-4) data files release - Codes and Titles, Metadata and Table of Coding Equivalences - specification documents and summary of core changes provided by the Clinical Classifications Service.
The OPCS-4.8 Summary of Changes is available from the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) website
The National Clinical Coding Standards OPCS-4 Reference Book and the companion document Supplementary Information OPCS-4, support the implementation of OPCS-4.7 from 1st April 2014 The Reference Book focuses on the clinical coding standards that must be applied when assigning OPCS-4 codes. Supplementary Information OPCS-4 describes the more complex or less well known procedures classified within OPCS-4
Contains the National Tariff Chemotherapy Regimens and High Cost Drugs Lists and companion documents: Chemotherapy Regimens Clinical Coding Standards and Guidance OPCS-4, High Cost Drugs Clinical Coding Standards and Guidance OPCS-4.
As part of the Clinical Coding Standards Course, all attendees must complete the Theory and Background and Key Definitions modules before attending the classroom based course.
Promoting an understanding of diseases and operations described in case notes by providing information on body systems, how they work together, and the terminology used to describe them. This module must be completed prior to attendance on an 18-day Clinical Coding Foundation Course.
Important Notice - NHS Digital is currently undertaking a review of clinical codes that are defined as sensitive (legally restricted) to ensure that its use of provider data is compliant with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) and the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (as amended by The Gender Recognition (Disclosure of Information) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2005).
As part of this work, NHS Digital are seeking your feedback on a proposed list of legally unshareable clinical codes. The codes that have been identified will continue to be used for secondary purposes, but all related information that could potentially identify an individual would be removed where the codes are used for any other reason apart from direct care.
Your feedback will be used to finalise this list of codes, which will be then available for use across the health care system and within national data sets.
Closing date: 19 January 2018
Part of the Legally Restricted patient confidential data change standard ISB 1572 Sensitive Data.
Includes the updated clinical code lists for In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) across the following terminologies and classifications:
Status: Technology Preview