OPCS

Root Definition

OPCS is the recommended vocabulary used by the NHS and its providers to provide summary data on clinical interventions in a standardised form. It includes the majority of health interventions used in the UK (e.g. CBT).

Customers

NHS Providers and Commissioners
NHS IT systems providers

Actors

NHS agencies (NICE, Monitor, NHS England)
Clinical research organisations
Professional bodies
IT Systems providers

Transformations

Enables the recording of summary clinical and clinically-related information in standardised, comparable terms.

Weltenshauung

Clinical recording in electronic systems must be consistent and comparable to enable effective recording of clinical findings and interventions, to enable research, to enable decision-support. Standard vocabularies, used consistently, are the way to achieve this.

Owner

World Health Organisation (WHO)
HSCIC own the guidance for use in the UK.

Environment

Clinical care is rapidly developing
Much of the health recording in the UK in hospitals is still paper-based and transcribed into coded form manually.
WHO is developing a new classification ICD11 which will align with SNOMED CT.

Subsystems

None relevent

Contribution to the problem

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