The classification is an NHS Fundamental Information Standard developed and maintained by the NHS Digital, Clinical Classifications Service. The classification is used by health care providers and commissioners throughout the NHS.
Developments in healthcare and the increasing diversity of interventions and procedures mean that any classification system can rapidly become out of date. The enhancements provided in OPCS 4.8 continue to reflect changes to clinical care in recent years, and enable clinicians (in collaboration with clinical coders) to better describe interventions and procedures. As a result the enhanced classification will further improve the quality of coded clinical data.
The OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures Version 4.8 is to be used in the NHS from 1 April 2017. This title is a pack containing OPCS 4.8 Volume I: Tabular List and OPCS 4.8 Volume II: Alphabetical Index.
The OPCS-4 classification supports various forms of data collection, such as Central Returns and Commissioning Data Sets, as well as other secondary uses of information essential to planning and improving patient care. Among these secondary uses are:
- Operational and strategic planning
- Resource use
- National and local planning and performance management
- Department of Health initiatives
- Information grouped by Healthcare Resource Groups