A trainer, me?

A Trainer, Me?

Early start, late finish.  As an Approved Clinical Coding Trainer working for a large NHS Trust this is common, but when delivering a course, even more so.  Delivering training is also a time when coffee breaks and lunch are spent arranging the next session rather than clearing the mind and feeding the body.  It is a good thing that I enjoy my job immensely!

I sat the NCCQ in September 2009 and managed to achieve a distinction.  Overjoyed is an understatement.  And so ambition poked a firmer finger at me, and I am no youngster, but I knew that although I love coding, I wanted to achieve more.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have what it takes to become a Trainer, but others thought different, and I am glad they did. 

So what did I have:  confidence, curiosity, gregariousness, and without doubt, a great passion for coding.  I also have nerves like a lone delicate flower in a hurricane when it comes to public speaking.  But this irritating, sometimes debilitating flaw, that plants itself heavy in my mind before I even stand to speak, soon disappears and a shaky voice settles.

Working as a Clinical Coding Trainer still allows me to code and experience all the great investigative aspects that come with it, but I now get so much more: sharing my knowledge, skills and experience to a wider audience, delving further into the increasing complexities coders face, planning, designing and developing courses, and being part of that fabulous coding fraternity where always on my mind is:  What is the correct code?  And what does this clear, consistent and unambiguous standard actual tell me, and how do I convey that in a faultless format? – Mmm, as always, early start, late finish.

Elizabeth Dunn
Approved Clinical Coding Trainer
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust