OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures

The OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures (OPCS-4) is a Fundamental Information Standard which is revised periodically.

Description

The OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures (OPCS-4) is a Fundamental Information Standard which is revised periodically.  The classification is used by Health Care Providers and national and regional ORGANISATIONS.

OPCS-4 is used to support operational and strategic planning, resource utilisation, performance management, reimbursement, research and epidemiology.  It is used by NHS suppliers to build/update software to support NHS business functions and interoperability.

The classification is published in two volumes. The Tabular List and Alphabetical Index are available from The Stationery Office at www.tsoshop.co.uk

National information standards and data collections, such as Commissioning Data Sets requiring OPCS-4  coding should use the latest mandated version of the OPCS-4  as given in the table below:

Year

 

Version of OPCS-4*

 

Up to 31 March 2006

OPCS-4.2

01-Apr-2006 to 31-Mar-2007

OPCS-4.3

01-Apr-2007 to 31-Mar-2009

OPCS-4.4

01-Apr-2009 to 31-Mar-2011

OPCS-4.5

01-Apr-2011 to 31-Mar-2014

OPCS-4.6

01-Apr-2014 to 31-Mar-2017

OPCS-4.7

01-Apr-2017 to 31-Mar-2020

OPCS-4.8

01-Apr-2020 until further notification

OPCS-4.9

*Tables of Coding Equivalences are issued for mapping back to previous versions and are available from Technology Reference Data Update Distribution (TRUD).

For further information see the NHS Digital  website at: Terminology and Classifications.

OPCS-4 Requests Portal

The OPCS-4 Requests Portal allows stakeholders to submit change requests to the  Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service all year round. A cut-off date for receipt of change requests for consideration in the next release is published on the Requests Portal.  Requests received after the cut-off date will be considered in a subsequent release.

For further information and access to the OPCS-4 Requests Portal, see the NHS Digital  website at: Clinical Classifications.

High Cost Drugs and Chemotherapy Regimens

The listings of High Cost Drugs and Chemotherapy Regimens which are mapped to OPCS-4 codes are provided as look-up tables downloadable from Delen at Delen: Popular Publications.

Also Known As

This Supporting information is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Short name OPCS-4

Where Used

Type Link How used
NHS Business Definition Anatomical Site references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Attribute CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION CODE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Supporting Information Clinical Coding Introduction references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURE (OPCS) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element HIGH COST DRUGS (OPCS) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element IMAGING ANATOMICAL SITE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Attribute IMAGING ANATOMICAL SITE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
NHS Business Definition Multi-disciplinary Consultation (National Tariff Payment System) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
NHS Business Definition Multi-professional Consultation (National Tariff Payment System) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Supporting Information OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element OPCS-4 CODE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element PRIMARY PROCEDURE (OPCS) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element PROCEDURE (OPCS ON NEONATAL CRITICAL CARE DAILY CARE DATE) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element PROCEDURE (OPCS RECORDED ON DISCHARGE FROM NEONATAL CRITICAL CARE) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element PROCEDURE SCHEME IN USE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Attribute PROCEDURE SCHEME IN USE references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element RADIOTHERAPY ANATOMICAL TREATMENT SITE (OPCS) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Supporting Information Read Coded Clinical Terms references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element SARCOMA TUMOUR SITE (BONE) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
Data Element SARCOMA TUMOUR SITE (SOFT TISSUE) references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures
NHS Business Definition Systemic Anti-cancer Therapy Drug Regimen references in description OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures