Terminology & Classifications News

  • Shift to use of UK extension IDs for all VMP concepts in both dm+d and SNOMED CT UK Drug Extension

    Published: January 2023

    Dear colleague,

    The shift to use of UK extension IDs for all VMP concepts in both dm+d and SNOMED CT UK Drug Extension will begin with a sample batch that will be available in TRUD on 27 February 2023.

    The bulk of the changes will then proceed from May 2023 onwards. The roll out plan and list of concepts effected by these changes are available here.

    Further information about the above changes and the others planned for later in 2023 is available at the UK Medicines Terminology Futures pages. 

    If you have any queries relating to any of the changes, please contact the delivery team at nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net  

    Kind regards

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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  • 2023-24 Classifications Training and Events Schedule

    Published: January 2023

    Dear colleague,

    We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2023-24 Training and Events Schedule to allow individuals and organisations to begin necessary planning.

    The below details are for information only at this time and we are not currently accepting applications/bookings.

    Note: All prices are inclusive of VAT, where relevant.

    Training Course/Event Date Venue Course Code Cost
    NHS Non-NHS
    Clinical Coding Auditor Programme (CCAP) Assessment Day 17 May 2023 Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn), Leeds AA1 £190 £228
    Clinical Coding Trainer Programme (CCTP) Assessment Day 14 June 2023 Hilton City Centre, Leeds TTA1 £190 £228
    CCAP Train the Auditor (formerly the Audit Workshop) 14 July, &
    18-20 July 2023
    Online (1 day) & The Met Hotel, Leeds (3 days) A1 £809 £971
    CCAP Train the Auditor (formerly the Audit Workshop) 08 September, &
    12-14 September 2023
    Online (1 day) & Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London (3 days) A2 £809 £971
    CCTP Train the Trainer 30 October, &
    14-17 November 2023
    Online (1 day) & Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn), Leeds (4 days) TTT1 £871 £1,045
    CCTP Train the Trainer 8 January 2024, &
    23-26 January 2024
    Online (1 day) & Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London (4 days) TTT2 £871 £1,045
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 10 May 2023 The Met Hotel, Leeds TRC1 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 21 June 2023 Future Inn, Bristol TRC2 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 12 July 2023 Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London TRC3 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 20 September 2023 C&E Centre at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham TRC4 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 11 October 2023 Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London TRC5 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Recertification Day 08 November 2023 Crowne Plaza, Leeds TRC6 £364 £437
    Approved Trainer Forum 6 December 2023 Online TF1 N/A N/A
    Approved Trainer Forum 13 December 2023 Online TF2 N/A N/A


    We will begin to accept applications/bookings and make available all supporting application/booking documents during February and will communicate the exact dates in due course, via blog articles.

     Kind regards,

     Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 3 days ago

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  • NHS England Merger, 1 February 2023 - Delen / Kahootz URL Change

    Published: January 2023

    Dear Colleague,

    As of 1 February 2023, NHS Digital will merge with NHS England to bring together one single organisation, referred to as NHS England.

    At this time, NHS Digital, as a separate arm’s length body of the Department of Health and Social Care, will cease to exist.

    Consequently, the site URL will change from hscic.kahootz.com to www.nhsengland.kahootz.com and, in time, the NHS Digital logo will be replaced with the NHS England logo.

    Changing the URL means all saved links and bookmarks need to be updated to www.nhsengland.kahootz.com, as they will no longer work.

    This can be done by simply replacing ‘hscic’ with ‘nhsengland’ in relevant links.

    As an example, the new URL for the Delen homepage will be: https://nhsengland.kahootz.com/t_c_home/groupHome

    Whilst we will do everything to minimise disruption, we ask that you please bear with us as we enter this period of change.

    Learn more about 'Creating a new NHS England' by visiting the NHS Digital website

    If you have any other questions relating to this communication, please contact information.standards@nhs.net

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 4 days ago

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  • dm+d changes - January and February 2023

    Published: January 2023

    Dear Colleague,

    As of Monday, 16 January 2023, the dm+d historic file has been added to the weekly dm+d TRUD extract as a supplementary/bonus/additional file enabling users to find medications that have had their code changed more than once.

    The planned changes to be made to VTM content to link to ‘contains’ only on 13 February 2023 and the rollout plan for the change to use extension IDs for all VMP concepts have been published at Changes to digital terminologies - NHS Digital

    If you have any queries about any of these changes please contact nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 12 days ago

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  • dm+d file of historic codes

    Published: January 2023

    Dear colleague,

    This is a reminder that the new dm+d historic code file will be available from 16 January 2023.

    If you have any queries relating to any of the dm+d changes, please contact the delivery team at nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net  

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Antonia Gomes 3 weeks ago

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  • Changes to VTM content

    Published: January 2023

    Dear colleague,

    A reminder that the current dm+d VTM content will link to “contains only X” and Medicinal Products in SNOMED International Edition from 13 February 2023.

    If you have any queries relating to any of the dm+d changes, please contact the delivery team at nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net  

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Antonia Gomes 3 weeks ago

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  • OPCS-4.10 Printed Books

    Published: January 2023

    Dear colleague,

    The OPCS-4.10 printed books are now available to purchase from The Stationary Office (TSO). They are priced at £150 for a set containing Volumes 1 and 2 and are available with a 70% discount for the NHS. 

    Information on how to order can be found on the TSO website.

    Kind regards

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 3 weeks ago

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  • dm+d changes going live in January/ February 2023

    Published: December 2022

    Dear colleague,

    An additional dm+d historic code file will be available in TRUD from 16 January 2023.

    Current dm+d VTM content will link to “contains only X” and Medicinal Products in SNOMED International Edition from 13 February 2023.

    Further information about the above changes and the others planned for later in 2023 is available at the UK Medicines Terminology Futures pages. 

    If you have any queries relating to any of the dm+d changes, please contact the delivery team at nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net  

    Kind regards

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Antonia Gomes 6 weeks ago

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  • Changes to dm+d and SNOMED CT UK Drug Extension in 2023

    Published: December 2022

    Dear colleague,

    To improve the alignment between dm+d and SNOMED CT UK Drug Extension, in terms of content and release cycles, several changes are taking place to both terminologies in 2023. 

    To see further details about these changes, please see the UK Medicines Terminology Futures web content. Please bookmark this page and regularly review the content as proposed delivery dates are subject to change.

    If you have any specific queries about the changes, email nhsdigital.ukmeds@nhs.net

    Kind regards,

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 6 weeks ago

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  • ICD-10 Books and Electronic Versions of the Classifications

    Published: November 2022

    Dear Colleague 

    The World Health Organization (WHO) are no longer printing the ICD-10 5th edition volumes in book format. The Stationary Office (TSO) have reported these volumes are not available to purchase. As a result we will discuss with WHO to investigate any alternatives.

    The ICD-10 5th Edition and OPCS-4.9 classifications are freely accessible via the web-based NHS Digital Classifications Browser where you can browse and search content. Links are provided from the Tabular List chapter, category or subcategory level to the associated National Clinical Coding Standard; the full set of National Clinical Coding Standards can also be viewed or downloaded via the browser.

    Modern classifications will take advantage of latest technology and have digital capability to be used in digital health applications and information systems. The World Health Organization have taken this leap with ICD-11 and we will follow suite in a future revision of OPCS-4 moving away from providing the OPCS-4 classification as a hard copy book.

    We know that for many of you this will not be an issue, but we do recognise the difficulties this may present some coding departments. So, we are looking at how we can best support you in this transition, and over the coming months we will:

    • Conduct a survey to understand the level of demand for books, why books are still needed, and the local technical constraints in adopting digitally enabled classifications in day-to day-coding
    • Undertake user centred research with:
      • Coding trainers to understand the logistical issues in delivering training without hard copies and how the training and materials can be changed to accommodate the classifications browser
      • The Classifications Browser User Group to understand how they use the Browser, tips, best practice and future functional improvements
      • IHRIM in relation to the future use of the Classifications Browser as part of the NCCQ Examination.
    • Deliver live user awareness sessions on how to make best use of the Classifications Browser
    • Publish a roadmap for the transition to fully digital classifications, and the deprecation of the eVersion.

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Service Delivery 

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