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Update on Clinical Coding from Sue Eve-Jones The Professional Association of Clinical Coders

Sue Eve-Jones Director The Professional Association of Clinical Coders Head of Clinical Coding and Data Quality Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust give an Update on Clinical Coding, discussing: 

  • An update on tariffs, HRG and PbR
  • Working with clinicians to validate the data
  • Ensuring coding supports payment by results
  • Current coding issues including palliative care


Sue Eve-Jones is a specialist in clinical classifications with over 24 years of experience. She first became involved in clinical coding when she started work in the NHS at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. She next spent two years as the Regional Clinical Coding Tutor for North East Thames RHA working as a member of the Resource Management Support Unit. She then moved to the commercial sector where she spent nine years working for Medicode Ltd as their Education Services Manager before setting up her own company. Her work has included providing clinical coding training, audit and related services to the NHS, private health sector and overseas clients. Sue now works as Head of Clinical Coding and Data Quality at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and as an independent clinical classifications consultant.

Sue has been involved with numerous coding initiatives and projects and also invests much of her leisure time in coding related matters. She has acted as Clinical Coding Lead for IHRIM, assisted in the organisation of numerous coding events, co-founded the Professional Association of Clinical Coders (UK) for which she acts as a director and co-chair of Council and has been an Honorary Lecturer at several universities. Sue is also a member of the SHMI Technical Group.

Sue opened her presentation by saying that "In NHS we're not very good at understanding what our data is for and need to understand how data was collected. An old Chinese proverb 'to talk and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch fish'"

Sue went on to say that we need coders to understand what things they are missing and we need to look for the information you need, not just use 'unspecified' codes. 

Sue concluded her presentation by saying that we need to understand whether data is correct before we analyse information.

Events of Interest:

Information Governance Implementing the Government Response to Caldicott2
Wednesday 12 November 2014 
Hallam Conference Centre

17 October 2014


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