OPCS-4

 

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What is OPCS-4?

  • groupings of concepts, with definitions, to classify interventions and surgical procedures for statistical purposes
  • has business rules to maintain integrity of the classification structure and also to provide guidance on how the classification may be used

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What does OPCS-4 do?

  • provides the codes to summarise interventions and surgical procedures
  • enables classification of information derived from the patient record at the end of a hospital episode of care
  • focusses on what we want to ‘count’ for statistical and epidemiological analysis as well as reimbursement

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What are the benefits of OPCS-4?

  • captures snapshots of population health at a point in time and to provide insight on trends, inform public health investments, service planning and to reimburse hospitals for the care they’ve provided
  • hierarchical structure with subdivisions allow statistical presentation of data to enable useful and understandable information to be obtained
  • limited number of categories to facilitate use in a statistical context
  • mutually exclusive categories to reduce the possibility that events may be inadvertently excluded or counted twice (or even more often)

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How is OPCS-4 data used?

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What are the plans for implementation?

OPCS-4 is a fully implemented and embedded NHS standard, mandated for use by Health Care Providers. It forms part of the NHS Standard Contracts.

The Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) approved OPCS-4 as an NHS Fundamental Information Standard.

OPCS-4 is updated every three years to facilitate provision of long term statistical trends.

Previous versions are listed below, along with the financial year in which they were mandated for use. The implementation date for each version is always 01 April;

  • OPCS-4.9      Planned for release in 2020
  • OPCS-4.8      2017
  • OPCS-4.7      2014-17
  • OPCS-4.6      2011-14
  • OPCS-4.5      2009-11
  • OPCS-4.4      2007-09
  • OPCS-4.3      2006-07
  • OPCS-4.2      Up to 31 March 2006

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Who manages OPCS-4?

NHS Digital develops, maintains and licenses OPCS-4 on behalf of Department of Health.

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How can I download OPCS-4 data files?

OPCS-4 data files and technical specifications for the NHS and NHS system supplier implementation are available to download from TRUD (a website which allows NHS Digital to license and distribute reference data).You will need to register for the download service, subscribe to the pack needed and agree to the terms of the associated licenses.
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 How can I get a copy of the OPCS-4.8 Tabular List Volume I and Alphabetical Index Volume II?

The OPCS-4.8 Tabular List Volume I and Alphabetical Index Volume II, for use from 1 April 2017, are available to order from The Stationery Office (TSO) online bookshop with discount for NHS orders. For NHS orders, please use this link to obtain the ordering details and discount code (N3 connection required). For all other orders, please go directly to the publisher's online ordering page.

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Is OPCS-4 available in an electronic format?

Yes. We provide electronic versions (eVersions) of both ICD-10 and OPCS-4, more information is available here.

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How can I access other OPCS-4 related resources?

Visit the Key publications page and the Resource library.

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How can I help to keep OPCS-4 up to date with clinical practice and request a change to the classification?

You can play a part in keeping OPCS-4 up to date by letting us know about new procedures, interventions and changes to clinical practice that impact classification codes via the NHS Digital Request Submission Portal (RSP) Users need to register first to request a change.

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How can I tell if a procedure has already been submitted?

Search submitted requests here to find out. If your proposal is not recorded, login to NHS Digital RSP; read the Submissions Guidance and complete the form. Registration, if you are a new user, is quick and easy. You may find this example of a successful Request for Change helpful.

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Do you work with clinicians and their professional bodies?

The OPCS-4 Development Team works with clinicians and professional bodies to improve/update specialty content. Email the Help Desk at information.standards@nhs.net, if you would like to explore this option.

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How can I get help with my submission?

If you have any questions about completing the submission form or need advice on the suitability of your suggestion, email the Helpdesk at information.standards@nhs.net, mentioning OPCS-4 Request for Change query in the email subject line. A member if the OPCS-4 Development Team will contact you.

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Last modified by Andrew Brooke 8 months ago