NHS Practice

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) was founded in 1948 and is a public sector employer, meaning that it is controlled by the UK government. It is the largest employer in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Most practitioners, but not all, will have been employed by the NHS at some point in their career before starting in private practice and many will work in both sectors at the same time.

Currently, the NHS Practice standard details the current post the practitioner holds or the last post held, the name of the NHS facility and the start date. This information, and the contact details of someone within the NHS who will verify them, is mandatory for the following professions:

  • Anaesthetist
  • Audiologist
  • Healthcare Scientist Practitioner
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Ophthalmic Science Practitioner
  • Orthotist
  • Pathologist
  • Physician
  • Practitioner Podiatric Surgeon
  • Psychiatrist
  • Radiologist
  • Surgeon

For these professions a written reference, signed by the designated contact, must be uploaded. Healthcode provides a template that can be used, a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Data elements required and their visibility to insurer and hospital organisations:

FIELD

DESCRIPTION

INSURER

HOSPITAL

Hospital/Practice Name 

The name of the NHS facility where the practitioner holds/held practising privileges.

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Addresses 

Address of the NHS facility. Further details on this separate standard can be found here.

 

 

Job Title 

The description of the job or position held by the practitioner at an NHS facility.

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NHS Start Date 

The date on which the practitioner started practising at the NHS facility.

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NHS End Date

The date on which the practitioner ceased practising at the NHS facility

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NHS Contact Consent 

The supply of an NHS referee implying consent from the practitioner for private medical insurers to contact the named person to validate details of NHS employment to fulfil the recognition process if required.

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Name 

The name of the person the practitioner has listed as providing a reference with regard to NHS employment. Further details on this separate standard can be found here.

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NHS Contact Job Title 

The description of the job or position held by the person the practitioner has listed as providing a reference with regards to NHS employment.

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Addresses

Address of the person the practitioner has listed as providing a reference with regards to NHS employment. Further details on this separate standard can be found here.

 

 

Telecoms

Telecoms of the person the practitioner has listed as providing a reference with regards to NHS employment. Further details on this separate standard can be found here.

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NHS Reference

Upload of the NHS reference, either directly from the NHS facility or the Healthcode generic version, that must be signed by the designated contact.

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