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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12353: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to assess and ensure coding practice consistency across all NHS boards when recording cases of sepsis.


Answered by: Shona Robison 13 November 2017

Clinical coding training and support in nationally approved coding systems is provided to NHS Scotland staff by Information Services Division (ISD) Terminology Services, part of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS). Clinical coding staff in hospital coding departments in Scotland receive training from coding experts in clinical coding classification schemes. The service also operates a coding helpdesk where coders and other NHS staff (including analysts, researchers and clinicians) can contact experts directly with coding queries. Release of updated versions of the coding systems in NHS Scotland is also managed by ISD.

Additional advice and guidance is provided through regular development, publication and dissemination of national Clinical Coding Standards. These standards are governed by the NSS Clinical Coding Review Group. Coding quality is monitored by NSS data quality staff and any coding quality issues are discussed directly with Health Boards.