OPCS-4 is an NHS Fundamental Information Standard that 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 healthcare.
Examples of secondary uses include:
- Operational and strategic planning
- Resource use
- Information grouped by Healthcare Resource Groups (HRGs)
What is OPCS-4?
OPCS-4 is a vital component of several national datasets. These include Admitted Patient Care Commissioning Data Set (APCCDS) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in England, Patient Episode Data for Wales (PEDW) and Scottish Morbidity Records (SMR).
We support, maintain and develop the OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures (OPCS-4). OPCS-4 is governed by Crown Copyright.
Each version and the financial year mandated for use is listed below. The implementation date for each version is always 1 April.
- 2014 OPCS-4.7 – until further notice
- 2011-14 OPCS-4.6
- 2009-11 OPCS-4.5
- 2008-9 OPCS-4.4
- 2007-8 OPCS-4.4
- 2006-7 OPCS-4.3
- Up to 31 March 2006 OPCS-4.2
How often is OPCS-4 updated?
The release cycle was determined by the Department of Health to support the National Tariff Payment System timetable. The cycle is currently every 3 years.
- Consolidation year for NHS
Need to submit a change request for OPCS-4?
All change requests for OPCS-4 can be submitted via our dedicated OPCS-4 Requests Portal.
Please click here to access the portal.