Index trail changes September 2019 

Please be aware the National Clinical Coding Qualification Examination Quality Assurance Board have made the decision that from September 2019 there will be no requirement to provide index trails for the first case study in the practical examination paper.

The index trails were originally included in all case studies to assess whether candidates were able to follow the 4-step coding process. On review it was felt that by identifying the correct codes the candidates were already demonstrating this skill and including the index trails did not provide further or enhanced representation of the candidates’ understanding of the principles and use of the classifications

The Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service work collaboratively with national agencies to support greater recognition of NHS clinical coders as health informatics professionals.

Examination Dates and Registration Deadlines

The National Clinical Coding Examination (UK) dates and registration deadlines have been confirmed by the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRIM) as follows;

 Examination  Registration deadline
Tuesday 22nd March 2022 Friday 14th January 2022



* IHRIM have taken the decision to make changes to the way the NCCQ (UK) examination will be delivered in 2021/22. Further information can be found on the IHRIM website.

Information regarding the March 2022 examination and registration forms can be found at NCCQ (UK) Letter and Registration Form - March 2022 - IHRIM

How can I register?

Candidates wishing to take the NCCQ (UK) examination must submit a registration form together with the prescribed fee to IHRIM. Forms, exam regulations and relevant closing dates are available from the IHRIM website

Registration forms and full examination regulations can also be obtained from:

IHRIM, Ground Floor Office Suite, Marshall House, Heanor Gate Road, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7RG

Telephone: 01773 713927

Candidates registering for the exam are advised to take note of any data protection statement.

Any candidate whose form is not acknowledged within ten days of submission should advise the IHRIM office immediately on the above number.

Exam Papers

Following feedback from candidates of the NCCQ (UK) qualification, the two most recent official exam papers and answers are available here as a revision aid. Please note that some answers provided in past papers will be based on earlier versions of the classifications and standards.

Official June 2021 NCCQ (UK) Examination Feedback Revision Aid

Official June 2021 NCCQ (UK) Papers

A more comprehensive list of papers are available on the IHRIM website.

Further Information

For more about the qualification, please choose from the links below: