MAIN SPECIALTY CODE

Format/length:n3
HES item:MAINSPEF
National Codes:See MAIN SPECIALTY CODE
Default Codes:199 - Non-UK provider; specialty function not known, treatment mainly surgical
 499 - Non-UK provider; specialty function not known, treatment mainly medical
 560 - Non-Consultant Led Activity - Midwife Episode 
 950 - Non-Consultant Led Activity - Nursing Episode 
 960 - Non-Consultant Led Activity - Allied Health Professional Episode

Notes:
MAIN SPECIALTY CODE is the same as attribute MAIN SPECIALTY CODE.

It is the specialty in which the CONSULTANT is contracted or recognised. MAIN SPECIALTY classifies clinical work divisions more precisely for a limited number of specialties.

All Non-Consultant Led Activity is identified in the Admitted Patient Care Commissioning Data Set and Hospital Episode Statistics by a pseudo MAIN SPECIALTY CODE of 560 for MIDWIVES, 950 for NURSES and 960 for Allied Health Professionals.

The default codes 199 and 499 are only applicable for overseas providers.

MAIN SPECIALTY CODE will be replaced with CARE PROFESSIONAL MAIN SPECIALTY CODE, which should be used for all new and developing data sets and for XML messages.

 

This data element is also known by these names:
ContextAlias
pluralMAIN SPECIALTY CODES