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    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service Newsletter


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    Welcome to the September Newsletter. In this issue we feature:

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    Advanced Notice: Interesting excipients authoring in dm+d to come to an end

    Further to feedback from dm+d users on the recent ‘Interesting’ Excipient Consultation which ran from 18 April 2022 to 17 June 2022; the dm+d Content/Editorial Committee - chaired by the Department of Health and Social Care - have approved the decision to end the authoring of the interesting excipient information from dm+d.

    The timetable and exact details of this change will be communicated in due course through the weekly release notes for dm+d.

    If you have any questions relating to this, please contact nhsbsa.dmdenquiries@nhs.net

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    OPCS-4.10 update - change to ISN and data files release date

    OPCS-4.10 was scheduled for approval by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) in September followed by publication of the Information Standards Notice (ISN) and release of the final Summary of Core Changes from OPCS-4.9 to OPCS-4.10 and OPCS-4.10 data files at the start of October 2022. However, these dates have been altered and the ISN and data files will be published at the start of November 2022.

    Implementation of OPCS-4.10 remains 1 April 2023.

    The Consultation on the Draft Summary of Core Changes form OPCS-4.9 to OPCS-4.10 ended on 29 July 2022. Thank you to everyone who took the time to review the changes and send feedback. We have reviewed the feedback and made a number of changes to the draft changes as a result, and we are currently finalising the content of OPCS-4.10 and producing the data files.

    You can find more information on OPCS-4.10 and the high-level release roadmap on Delen.

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    OPCS-4 Capacity

    NHS Digital is developing the next update to OPCS-4 (OPCS-4.10) for NHS implementation on 1 April 2023 as part of the three yearly release cycle.

    The classification has significant capacity constraints, so a revision is required to address this issue and ensure the classification can continue to accommodate developments in clinical practice. NHS Digital has begun early planning and intends to conduct a more extensive user engagement exercise to ensure that this evolution addresses the medium-term needs of the health and care system in the UK. 

    The long-term future direction will be reconsidered as interoperability across the NHS increases and will reflect further engagement with international standards providers around the identification of a potential international replacement. It is expected that, in the longer term, there will be a need to move to a new procedure classification that can better take advantage of a context when clinical records are comprehensively and consistently populated with SNOMED CT coded data. Consideration of the strategic replacement will include consultation with the NHS.

    The scope for the revision work is restricted to the medium-term revision to OPCS-4. We will publish further details on the expected plan and user engagement as this evolves.

    In the meantime, our immediate priority is to deliver the OPCS-4.10 update.

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    Classifications Browser – ICD-10 Content

    The latest development work on the classifications browser means the ICD-10 and OPCS-4 classification and clinical coding standards are now all available in a single online application.

    Thank you to the members of the Classifications Browser User Group who dedicated their time, at short notice, to take part in the testing during July.

    An updated release of the Classifications Browser is now available.

    The main improvement is the inclusion of ICD-10 content to browse, search and link to the relevant ICD-10 clinical coding standards. Additional improvements for this release are:

    • Improved indexing with the inclusion of lead terms and modifiers in the Volume I – Alphabetical Index tree
    • Incorporation of content changes published in that are displayed as red notes in the eVersion.

    Following release of ICD-10 in the Browser, the next phase of work will be to investigate the incorporation of a note taking facility.

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    SNOMED CT Implementation – User Research Survey

    The SNOMED CT Implementation team have launched a short survey relating to a new project they are undertaking on value sets.

    A common challenge reported to us is the inability to find and maintain the lists (or value sets) of SNOMED CT concepts required for health and care. Users may create these lists for the following reasons:

    • analytics
    • data entry
    • decision support
    • reporting

    So, whether you currently create or use value sets or think they may help you implement SNOMED CT in the future, we want to hear from you.

    The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete and there is an option to register your interest if you want to be considered as part of our user research panel.

    If you have any questions regarding the implementation of SNOMED CT, you can contact our helpdesk.

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    NHS Digital becomes WHO Collaborating Centre

    NHS Digital has been redesignated as the UK Collaborating Centre for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) for a four-year period. This grants NHS Digital an important level of profile, authority and influence, as well as opportunities to collaborate in the WHO-FIC network. The network and its collaboration with other centres and international standards organisations is an important resource and will be vital for the UK as we implement ICD-11.

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    Delen Refresh

    Delen has grown significantly since its launch in 2017, with a year-on-year increase in the number of page views and returning users.

    As a key communication channel, it’s important that we continue to improve the design and curate content, so it remains relevant, up-to-date, and accessible to our users.

    Following a significant redesign project, our refreshed Delen site went live at the beginning of September. The site has been given a fresh new look and feel and has been redesigned to better reflect our core products and the services that we provide.  Take a look at the new and improved Delen.

     

    Delen ICD-11 pages

    As part of our wider Delen refresh, we have updated our ICD-11 pages. The main change you will notice is that the content has been organised around users rather than topics. We hope this will mean you have a better experience and can more quickly find the information that’s relevant to you.

    The new ICD-11 pages include an FAQ database containing questions asked by the almost 400 members of the clinical coding community who responded to our recent ICD-11 questionnaire. We have also published an overview presentation setting out our approach to the early preparations for moving to ICD-11 and have created a downloadable interactive catalogue of ICD-11 Stakeholder Profiles and Use Cases. Over the coming weeks, we will publish more tailored content as well as links for you to sign up for interactive online ICD-11 engagement sessions.

    We hope you find the content interesting and useful and we encourage you to contribute to the implementation work by reviewing our approach and our forthcoming draft implementation products, which will help ensure our plans are realistic.

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    SNOMED CT to ICD-10 and OPCS-4 Classification Maps for the 34.1.0 – 10 August 2022 content

    There were no updates to the ICD-10 or OPCS-4.9 classification maps in the 34.1.0 – 10 August 2022 release.

    The August 2022 SNOMED CT content will be mapped and included in the 35.0.0 - 05 October 2022 SNOMED CT UK Clinical Edition, which will also include the UK maps for SNOMED International Edition February 2022 to July 2022 releases.

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    Have your say

    If you would like more information about any aspect of our products or services, please let us know. Just write to us at information.standards@nhs.net, quoting “T+CD Newsletter” in the Subject field and providing details of what you would like us to cover.

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    By Gavin McIntosh 3 days ago

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  • Interactive ICD-11 Stakeholder Profile and Use Case Catalogue Published

    We have published the first version of our ICD-11 Interactive Catalogue of Stakeholder Profiles and Use Cases. The catalogue is intended to help us identify the stakeholder groups and use cases that need to be considered when developing our ICD-11 implementation approach, impact assessments and implementation plan. As with all our ICD-11 work, we are adopting a "share early" principle, so that our work can benefit from stakeholder input as early as possible. The catalogue contains a feedback mechanism and our implementation approach page provides links to forms where you can suggest additional stakeholders and use cases. Because we are sharing early, there will likely be a higher than normal number of bugs or errors, but we hope that any annoyance caused by this is outweighed by the benefits of having earlier sight and earlier opportunities to provide feedback. We hope you find the catalogue useful.

    By Gavin McIntosh 3 days ago

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  • ICD-11 FAQ Database Launched

    Based on responses from the Clinical Coding Community to the ICD-11 questionnaire we ran earlier in the summer, we have created an ICD-11 FAQ Database. Questions have been grouped into categories to make it easier to find those you are most interested in and we would encourage you to browse the database when you have a moment. If you have any questions that are not included in the database, please contact us via information.standards@nhs.net and this will help us develop our web content and other communications materials. 

    By Gavin McIntosh 3 days ago

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  • NCCQ (UK) March 2022 Past Papers and Examination Feedback Revision Aid

    Published: August 2022

    Dear Colleague, 

    The March 2022 NCCQ (UK) Examination question and answer papers along with the examination feedback revision aid provided by IHRIM are available for download from the NCCQ (UK) Delen page.

    Kind regards,

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 3 weeks ago

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  • Delen Refresh - Week commencing 29 August 2022

    Published: August 2022

    Dear colleague,

    Delen continues to receive very high user satisfaction ratings, but it's important to us to keep striving for improvements based on the feedback and to ensure content remains accessible for you as our users.

    Consequently, we are undertaking a redesign project on the site to provide you with a fresh Delen experience where you can expect to see changes to navigation, structure and overall page design. 

    Changes will be made to the platform week commencing 29 August, and we expect the redesign to be fully launched on 08 September. 

    During this phase, the site may look inconsistent in terms of design, but we will do everything we can to minimise disruption.

    If you'd like to tell us what you think about the new site, you can use the feedback link on the new homepage. 

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 4 weeks ago

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  • Advanced Notice: Interesting Excipients authoring in dm+d to come to an end

    Published: August 2022

    Dear colleague,

    Further to feedback from dm+d users on the recent ‘Interesting’ excipient consultation (18 April 22 to 17 June 22) the dm+d Content/Editorial Committee chaired by The Department of Health and Social Care have approved the decision to end the authoring of the interesting excipient information in dm+d.

    The timetable and exact details of this change will be communicated in due course through the Weekly release notes for dm+d.

    If you have any questions about this, please contact: nhsbsa.dmdenquiries@nhs.net

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 5 weeks ago

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  • National Clinical Coding Training Handbook - Guidance for managers and clinical coders 2022-23 and Interactive Presentation

    Dear Colleague,

    We’re pleased to announce that the National Clinical Coding Training Handbook 2022-23 – Guidance for managers and clinical coders is now available to view/download. This handbook provides guidance on how to book a place on any of the national clinical coding training courses, the various attendance requirements and what can be expected by both the line manager and the student when attending a course.

    For 2022-23, we have also created an interactive PowerPoint presentation that provides a high-level overview of the information contained within the handbook, which as well as being useful for clinical coding professionals, may also be appropriate to share with anyone who expresses an interest in joining the clinical coding profession and the training involved as part of that process.

    Kind regards,

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

    By Chris Brooke 7 weeks ago

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  • Digital Learning Solutions - System downtime

    Published Date: July 2022

    Dear Colleague,

    Notice of planned system downtime - on Friday 29th July 2022 between 17:00 and 18:00

    This means that all Digital Learning Solutions systems will be unavailable between 17:00 and 18:00 on Friday 29th July and you be unable to use the system during this time.

    Kind regards,

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Heather Douglas 8 weeks ago

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  • Summary of Draft Core Changes OPCS-4.9 to OPCS-4.10 Consultation

    Published: June 2022

    Dear colleague,

    On 1 April 2023 the OPCS-4 Classification of Interventions and Procedures – Tenth Revision (OPCS-4.10) will be implemented across the NHS. 

    To support the NHS and NHS system suppliers with this implementation, the Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service of NHS Digital is undertaking necessary development work which will culminate in the release of OPCS-4 data files, the publication of updated OPCS-4 books and Classifications browser, associated clinical coding standards and training materials.

    We have produced a draft summary of the changes between OPCS-4.9 and OPCS-4.10 and invite feedback on these changes from all users of the classification. The summary of changes is available for comment on Delen.

    Following consultation and subject to approval by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) the OPCS-4.10 Information Standard Notice will be published in September 2022 in readiness for NHS implementation on 1 April 2023.

    Further information about the OPCS-4 classification and provisional dates for release of OPCS-4.10 products can be found on the OPCS-4 page on Delen.

    The consultation is open until 29 July 2022.

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Andrew Brooke 3 months ago

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  • Delay to the release of the 34.0.0 SNOMED CT UK Edition

    Published: June 2022

    Dear colleague,

    Please note that due to the integration of the new SNOMED CT International release and additional requirements to support the Monkeypox outbreak there has been a delay to the production of the 34.0.0 SNOMED CT UK Edition.

    This will delay the release of the:

    • SNOMED CT International Edition
    • SNOMED CT UK Clinical Extension (including the SNOMED CT to ICD-10 and OPCS-4.9 maps)
    • SNOMED CT UK Drug Extension
    • SNOMED CT UK Pathology Extension

    The 34.0.0 SNOMED CT UK Edition will now be published on Friday 22 July 2022, instead of its planned release date of Wednesday 13 July 2022.

    NHS Digital is sorry for any inconvenience that this will cause you.

    Kind regards

    Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 3 months ago

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