GIRFT and National Orthopaedic Alliance help to improve coding accuracy

Clinical coding training for non-clinical coders

The National Orthopaedic Alliance is joining up with the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) clinical coding team for a series of workshops designed to improve data accuracy.

The first event is being held at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC) in Hill Street, Birmingham, on 24 May, 2019. The day will give attendees an understanding of clinical coding that will enable them to work with their departments and directorates to improve the accuracy of their coded data. This will help to reduce inaccuracies with nationally compared data, payment and activity management.

The session will focus on addressing:

  • What the clinical coding process is;
  • What clinical coding can be used for;
  • Identifying problems in the coding process;
  • Fixing problems to improve the accuracy and usefulness of clinical coding.

GIRFT’s methodology involves clinical leads and their teams compiling a data and insight driven report into their specialty, combining publicly available information, including Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) with other relevant registry or professional body data, and the results of a questionnaire issued to all trusts being reviewed. GIRFT has consistently found wide variation in the accuracy of clinical coding, which can limit insight and affect opportunities to make improvements.

No clinical coding knowledge is required to attend the NOA/GIRFT workshops. Operational managers, transformation and productivity team members and directors would benefit from the day. If you are interested in attending, get in touch by emailing

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