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Read Codes V2 and Clinical Terms V3 cross-maps consultation

What is the consultation?

This consultation invites responses as part of our periodic review of Read Codes V2 and Clinical Terms V3 to classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) 'cross-maps'.

Why are we having this consultation?

We are consulting a wide a range of users and potential users, including those parties who have used the UK Terminology Centre Distribution Service (TRUD) to download Read Code data files users of 'cross-maps', to:

  • Gain an understanding of the level and nature of use of the cross-maps to help us to ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively on legacy products that are required and in use within the NHS
  • Establish whether the Read Codes V2 and Clinical Terms V3 cross-maps remain fit for purpose
  • Understand users' future plans and timescales
  • Inform the Department of Health's commitment to reduce the number of terminologies in use from 2015, as expressed in the 'The Power of Information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need'.

How to respond

The consultation invites interested parties to complete the online questionnaire either individually or on behalf of their organisation by 09 September 2013.

If you have a query regarding completing your response, or would like to discuss any issue in order to respond more constructively, contact:

Ruth Toner

Classification Development & QA Specialist

NHS Classifications Service

Publication of the consultation outcome

Following the online consultation, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will analyse the findings and a report will be produced for the UK Terminology Centre Governance Board. The findings from the consultation exercise will also be published on our website in [insert when the report will be published].

There will be no immediate change following this review.  However, the information gathered will be used to inform maintenance of legacy products and resources as well as the Department of Health route-map for information standards.

Responses: confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the HSCIC, other government departments or related agencies. Even where confidentiality is requested, if a request for disclosure of the consultation response is made in accordance with the Freedom of Information legislation, and the response is not covered by one of the exemptions in the legislation, the HSCIC may have to disclose the response, in whole or in part.

Related information

· The Power of Information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need

· NHS Classifications Service

· UKTC Read Codes

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