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     My name is Terri Couchman and I am the Clinical Coding Trainer for the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which is based in the North East of England. In June 2015 our Trust opened a state of the art £200million emergency hospital in Cramlington (Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital). It is revolutionary and is the first hospital in England that will have emergency care...

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    Claire Taylor and Claire Parker - TAP NHS Professionals of the Month

     Known collectively throughout the NHS informatics world as ’the Claires’ Claire Taylor and Claire Parker are clinical classifications professionals with a combined 60 plus years of experience in the coding environment. As two of the first cohort of UK Accredited Clinical Coders (ACC) from 1998/1999, in addition to NHS-Digital Clinical Classifications Service registered Experienced Clinical...

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    Jane Honess - NHS TAP Professional of the Month

     My name is Jane Honess and I’m a Senior Clinical Coding Trainer and Auditor at the Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA) Clinical Coding Academy in Liverpool.  My job role is full of variety but the majority of it is taken up developing and delivering nationally endorsed clinical coding training materials to coders with a wide range of expertise. I started my coding career back in July 2005 at...

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    The Interactive 'Effective Training' Recipe

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