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  • Publication Dates Added to Delen Blog Posts

    Published: January 2020

    Dear colleague

    We are currently adding publication dates to all legacy blog posts on Delen to ensure that users have access to the most up to date information about our products and services. 

    If you have registered as user on Delen, depending on your notification settings, you may have received a 'workspace summary' or ‘weekly activity’ notification and you may receive subsequent notifications which appears to contain old news items from 2018 and 2019.  

    Please be aware that any items in the notification with a publication date of 2018 and 2019 are not new news items and can be ignored. 

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    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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  • Update to 2019-20 release schedule for SNOMED CT UK Edition maps to ICD-10 and OPCS-4

    Published: January 2020

    Dear colleague,

    The next release of SNOMED CT to ICD-10 and OPCS-4 maps will be on 01 April 2020.

    The development of and migration to a new terminology tooling platform as well as the subsequent deferment in 2019 of taking the SNOMED International releases for January 2019 and July 2019 has resulted in compressed timelines for mapping.

    The impact of this is that prioritisation has been given to new UK SNOMED CT content including the update of existing maps to reflect any changes as a result of the new codes in OPCS-4.9. This means only a minimum number of new international concepts will be mapped to the classifications before the map editing freeze date.

    We apologise for the alteration to our normal service.

    For further information or queries please contact information.standards@nhs.net

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    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 2 years ago

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  • ICD-11 Field Trials Round 3 Report Published

    Published: January 2020

    Dear Colleague

    The third round of the ICD-11 field trials was conducted between 03 September and 30 November 2018. It used cases based on scenarios taken from the national training materials ICD-10 Exercise Booklet and was hosted on Delen. Participants were provided with ICD-11 familiarisation and training prior to starting the trial cases. We have produced a report on the findings from the first two rounds of field trials. The report details:

    • The improvements that have been made in ICD-11 since the earlier field trials and any issues that still remain
    • Conclusions from the field trials
    • Next steps in the evaluation of ICD-11 and associated materials

    You can access the report here - ICD-11 Field Trial Findings Round 3 Report.

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    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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  • Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service Newsletter: January 2020

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    Welcome to the January 2020 Newsletter. In this issue, we feature: 

     

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    NHS Digital Classifications Browser

    The NHS Digital Classifications Browser is now available at https://classbrowser.nhs.uk/.

    The Browser contains the OPCS-4 Classification of Interventions and Procedures version 4.8 (OPCS-4.8).  It allows you to search and browse the classification online and offers the following benefits and improvements on the eVersion:

    • Accessible from any computer with an internet connection
    • Content is automatically updated with the latest OPCS-4 triennial release e.g. OPCS-4.9, without users having to download new content files etc.
    • Contains links to the National Clinical Coding Standards that are updated automatically with the annual release of the coding standards
      • Coders in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can access their respective standards via the links in the Resources page
    • Powerful search facility which includes: search history, search filter, wildcard search and fuzzy match, search help and a clear display of where results are located in the Classification with the ability to minimise and maximise search results
    • Ability to add browser bookmarks and favourites to chapters, categories and codes
    • Resources page with links to other useful Classification publications and a list of intended enhancements.

    OPCS-4.9 content will be available in the browser shortly.

    The next phase of development will include the ability to create and share notes and include ICD-10 content (subject to World Health Organization agreement).

    The Classifications Browser will, eventually, replace the NHS Digital eVersion when the same or improved functionality (including the creation and sharing of notes) and content (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) is available. In the meantime you can still download the eVersion from TRUD and OPCS-4.9 content will be available for download from TRUD to load into the eViewer application shortly.

    We hope you find the Classifications Browser useful; if you have any feedback on the Browser please send it to us using the “Contact us” link on the homepage.

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    Delen Refresh

    We’re pleased to announce that the Delen site has entered the new year with a brand-new look and structure.

    The site has been redesigned to better reflect our core products and the services that we provide, to make it easier for our users to find the information that they’re looking for, quickly.

    Below is a brief summary of the additions and changes we’ve made:

    Summary of changes

    • The colour of the main interface has changed to give the site a cleaner, fresher look
    • The navigation images on the homepage have been modernised and we’ve added links to:
    • SNOMED CT, dm+d, ICD-10, OPCS-4, NICIP
    • SNOMED CT to Classification Maps
    • ICD-11 evaluation
    • Education & e-Learning materials
    • Past and present consultations – to gain input from our users to help us make better decisions and help us understand the priorities of our stakeholders
    • Support and advice – to provide guidance for users with specific queries
    • Our Service Improvement Plan – to indicate progress against our commitments agreed within our Annual Survey
    • Popular publications and education materials have been added onto our product pages, with the aim that everything our users need is in one place  
    • The latest news has been condensed so that users can see – at a glance – the top ten latest articles, categorised by publication date

    Although this is a major refresh, we are committed to continuous improvement, so please use the contact us link on the homepage to let us know how we can make Delen even better.

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    OPCS-4.9 update

    Publication of OPCS-4.9 Information Standards Notice

    Acting under delegated authority from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Data Coordination Board (DCB) approved the OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures Version 4.9 (OPCS-4.9) for publication under Section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

    The Information Standards Notice (ISN) describes the mandate for NHS implementation on 1 April 2020.

    OPCS-4 information and resources, including guidance for trusts on preparing for implementation of OPCS-4.9 is available on our OPCS-4 page.

    Publication of OPCS-4.9 Systems Data Files

    The OPCS-4.9 Systems Data files and specifications (including XML format), to support OPCS-4.9 implementation on 1 April 2020, are available to download from TRUD, subject to registration and acceptance of the Licence Agreement.

    The data files are designed for NHS information departments and / or NHS system suppliers to upload into systems. They are not designed or intended for training purposes.

    OPCS-4.9 Classification Volumes I and II in printed format

    OPCS-4.9 will be available in the NHS Digital Classifications Browser shortly, but for those who still wish to use OPCS-4.9 printed volumes, information on how to order these from The Stationery Office (TSO) is available on our OPCS-4 page.

    Summary of Changes from OPCS-4.8 to OPCS-4.9

    An updated version of the Summary of Changes from OPCS-4.8 to OPCS-4.9 – including details of three changes that were omitted from the original version - was issued at the end of November. 

    The updated Summary of Changes document is available on Delen and in the key documents published with the ISN.

    A dedicated OPCS-4.9 presentation slide deck and associated exercise and answer booklets will be available on the Approved Trainer and Clinical Coding Manager workspaces by end of January 2020.

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    ICD-11 Chapter Reviews

    As part of our ICD-11 evaluation we are inviting a clinical review of ICD-11 content by chapter to help identify if there are any:

    • diagnoses or conditions that are missing but important to include
    • code descriptions which are ambiguous or incorrect

    The World Health Assembly adopted ICD-11 in May 2019 with the expectation that member states will start to report in ICD-11 from January 2022 as detailed in the World Health Organization resolution.  The implementation roadmap for the UK has yet to be determined and no decision has been made on the implementation date of ICD-11 for morbidity coding in England. 

    The chapter reviews will form part of content review along with other research and evaluation that would be necessary for the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11.

    Our dedicated ICD-11 Chapter Reviews page includes instructions on how to complete the chapter reviews and an overview of the ICD-11 chapters. The overview contains information that clinicians may find useful about each chapter, including what is classified within each chapter; a comparison between ICD-10 and ICD-11 block structure; chapter structure and rationale. At the end of the review, there is the opportunity to submit proposed changes to NHS Digital.

    Please feel free to forward this information to clinicians who may not see this newsletter and who might be interested in taking part.

    The ICD-11 Chapter reviews can be accessed on Delen.

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    National Interim Clinical Imaging Procedures code set (NICIP) - update to release schedule

    The next release of the NICIP code set will be on 1 April 2020.  However, due to new tooling development and scheduling, we are currently unable to add new NICIP short codes and descriptions.  The SNOMED CT and OPCS maps in the release files will be updated to their most current version.

    The new platform development is underway and will be delivered to enable new NICIP content to be added for the October 2020 release, along with an increased number of one-to-one maps from NICIP to SNOMED CT.

    The impact of this is that requests received for new NICIP content anticipated to be available for April 2020 will not be available until October 2020. 

    We apologise for this alteration to our normal service. 

    For further information or queries, please contact information.standards@nhs.net

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    SNOMED CT in Mental Health

    SNOMED CT Resources checklist

    The SNOMED CT in Mental Health team has developed a one-page Resources checklist to highlight useful documents in the implementation of SNOMED CT. The document links directly to some introductory resources and training which you can cascade to relevant stakeholders.

    Webinars

    Sign-up to one of our monthly, live webinars to gain a basic understanding of how SNOMED CT is used in Mental Health. These sessions also illustrate how to use the NHS Digital browser to quickly find terms that you can use in templates to match to your local codes.

    CQUIN payments: submitting SNOMED CT to the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS)

    NHS England and NHS Digital are running a number of webinars to illustrate how to identify appropriate SNOMED CT codes to submit to the MHSDS in order to be eligible for CQUIN payment. You can book onto a webinar via our SNOMED CT in Mental Health page.

    Training Animations

    A number of training animations have been developed and are available on the SNOMED CT in Mental Health Education and Training page.

    Technical Resources

    A library of useful resources is available on the SNOMED CT in Mental Health page, including a range of training materials, guidance documents and an interactive forum where members can raise questions and contribute to discussions.

    Note: Although these documents have been developed for the implementation of SNOMED CT in Mental Health, they may still be of interest across wider healthcare services.

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    SNOMED CT Request Submission Portal (RSP) Requests

    Migration to a new terminology tooling platform, the subsequent deferment in 2019 of taking the SNOMED International releases for January 2019 and July 2019 and compacted timescales for authoring will result in a reduced capacity to add new SNOMED CT content.  Requests from National Programmes and bodies have therefore been prioritised.  The impact of this is that requests received via the SNOMED CT RSP anticipated to be available for April 2020 will not be available until October 2020. 

    We apologise for this alteration to our normal service.

    For further information or queries please contact information.standards@nhs.net

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    Product Support Helpdesk

    In 2019, we announced some important clarifications around the scope of the Product Support Helpdesk. To support the guidance for coding professionals, we have updated the Coding Query Mechanism and provided further information about what happens to your query once we receive it.

    Despite the clarification of the scope, we still receive queries that we consider to be out of scope of the helpdesk, and these are consequently rejected. If you are in any doubt as to whether your query is considered in scope, please refer to the Clinical Coding Query Mechanism for advice on how to resolve your query locally.

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    2019 Annual Survey and Service Improvement Plan

    Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate the time spent completing our annual survey. By providing us with your views, it helps us to improve our services and products.

    We received a number of survey comments and feedback relating to the National Clinical Coding Standards reference books, and we wanted to address these points to reiterate the use of the Clinical Coding and describe some of the improvements we will be making.

    Our Service Improvement Plan (SIP) reflects our commitments in response to annual survey input and other customer feedback and we have now incorporated a number of new initiatives. Actions which we have completed have now been removed from the SIP and but can be accessed via a link within the Plan.

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    Publication of Draft 2020/21 Training Schedule

    We are pleased to announce the draft training schedule of planned dates for our 2020/21 training events.

    The draft has been published to allow you to provisionally book potential dates in your diary, but these may be subject to change depending on logistical considerations.

    The final training schedule confirming venues and prices will be published on Delen at the end of January.

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    Have your say

    If you would like more information about any aspect of our products and services, please let us know. Just write to use 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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  • The NHS Digital Classifications Browser

    Published: January 2020

    Dear colleague,

    The NHS Digital Classifications Browser is now available at https://classbrowser.nhs.uk/.

    The Browser contains the OPCS-4 Classification of Interventions and Procedures version 4.8 (OPCS-4.8).  It allows you to search and browse the classification online and offers a number of benefits and improvements on the eVersion:

    • Accessible from any computer with an internet connection
    • Content is automatically updated with the latest OPCS-4 triennial release e.g. OPCS-4.9, without users having to download new content files etc.
    • Contains links to the National Clinical Coding Standards that are updated automatically with the annual release of the coding standards
      • Coders in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can access their respective standards via the links in the Resources page
    • Powerful search facility which includes; search history, search filter, wildcard search and fuzzy match, search help and a clear display of where results are located in the Classification with the ability to minimise and maximise search results
    • Ability to add browser bookmarks and favourites to chapters, categories and codes
    • Resources page with links to other useful Classification publications and a list of intended enhancements.

    OPCS-4.9 content will be available in the browser shortly.

    The next phase of development will include the ability to create and share notes and include ICD-10 content (subject to World Health Organization agreement).

    The Classifications Browser will, eventually, replace the NHS Digital eVersion when the same or improved functionality (including the creation and sharing of notes) and content (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) is available. In the meantime you can still download the eVersion from TRUD and OPCS-4.9 content will be available for download from TRUD to load into the eViewer application shortly.

    We hope you find the Classifications Browser useful, if you have any feedback on the Browser please send it to us using the Contact us link on the landing page.

    Kind regards

    Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service

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    By Katy Park 2 years ago

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