The Treatment Function and Main Specialty Standard classifications support the national reporting and analysis of clinical workforce activity throughout the NHS, through administrative data sets such as the Commissioning Data Sets (CDS).
A Treatment Function is a division of clinical work and is based on main specialties. Treatment Function Codes are used to record, report on, extract and flow activity undertaken, irrespective of the type of healthcare professional who performs it.
A Main Specialty is the specialty within which a Consultant is recognised or contracted to an organisation. The Main Specialties list is aligned to specialties recognised by the Royal Colleges and Faculties and the General Dental Council.
This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other listed documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.