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Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys - Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures - 4th Revision (OPCS-4)

Background

  • OPCS-4 is the fourth revision of the classification devised for translating or classifying all operations and surgical procedures that may be carried out on a patient during an episode of health care


  • Within the acute sector the classification codes are mandatory for use across the NHS in England


  • There are rules and conventions for the user to apply to ensure consistent and comparable data can be obtained through statistical analysis locally, nationally and internationally. National clinical coding standards must be applied as agreed by the UK Coding Review Panel and published in the NHS Connecting for Health Clinical Coding Instruction Manual ICD-10 and OPCS-4 and the Coding Clinic insert of the Data Quality Review newsletter.


  • NHS Connecting for Health has responsibility for OPCS-4 codes, which are Crown Copyright.


New National Interventions Classification Project

The methods of delivering healthcare to patients’ changes significantly over time as medical advances are introduced. Up until now there has been there has been no central directive to facilitate regular update of OPCS-4 thus, this classification has not kept pace with the UK changing clinical practice or new clinical interventions that have been developed since its original release. A result of this is increasing criticism by NHS bodies, both clinical and statistical.

The National Interventions Classification Project will address these problems by developing a replacement that will reflect current clinical practice, meet the needs of the user and also support more recent developments of the Financial Flows and Healthcare Resource Group (HRG) Review Project.

For further information follow the link below:

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