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