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NHS Occupation Codes

NHS Occupation Codes are a set of codes used to define and identify the NHS workforce. They are presented in the manual in matrix form by different general Staff Groups. 

NHS Occupation Code Manual, Version 20.0 - effective from June 2023

A full list of medical and dental Sub-specialty codes are also available as an annex to the NHS Occupation Code Manual. These do not form part of the approved standard but are intended to aid consistent reporting, particularly for Deanery data managers.

The list has been agreed in consultation with the GMC, Deanery data managers, DH Medical Training team and the Workforce Information Review Group (WIRG).

Sub-specialties relate to the detailed nature of the training that a doctor has undertaken (or is undertaking) and are recognised and recorded by the GMC on the list of medical practitioners. Doctors must be training or have completed training in the relevant parent specialty to obtain sub-specialty approval. They do not form part of the national requirement to monitor the NHS workforce.

Previous version of the NHS Occupation Code Manual

Earlier versions are available from NHS England (formerly NHS Digital) by request via [email protected]

NHS Occupation Code Manual, Version 19.0 - effective from June 2022.

National Workforce Data Set guidance documents

A new library of documents is being developed to provide guidance on the use of key data items from the National Workforce Dataset (NWD) to enable those using ESR to make informed coding decisions and improve data quality

Last edited: 9 August 2023 12:09 pm