CONSULTANT CODE

A code uniquely identifying a CONSULTANT.

Description

A code uniquely identifying a CONSULTANT.

The CONSULTANT CODE is derived from either the GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER for GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, or the GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBER for GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS (where the dentist doesn't have a GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER).

For GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS working as CONSULTANTS, the GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER's GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER should be used, see data item note for GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (SPECIFIED).

For GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS  working as a:

Note: There are some overseas-qualified dentists who are not fully registered with the General Dental Council but enjoy what is called "Temporary Registration". These dentists are not currently in the scope of the Dental Consultant codes file published by the  Organisation Data Service and will not be included.

Consultant Code format

Practitioner Code Type

Character Position

Allocated By

Allocated To

Known As

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Hospital Consultant

C

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

NHS Digital

Hospital Consultants in England and Wales

Consultant Code

Derived from GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER, prefixed with a C

Dental Consultant

C

D

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

0-9

NHS Digital

Dental Consultants in England and Wales

Dental Consultant Code

Derived from GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBER, prefixed with CD. Note that GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBERS  vary in length. Filling zeros are used between the prefix and GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBER, where required, to maintain total length of 8 characters. For further information, please refer to the Dental Consultants in England (PDF) guidance document issued by the Organisation Data Service.

For NHS PATIENTS treated overseas, the commissioner of the overseas treatment is responsible for assuring that the overseas doctor is provided with a GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER. In the case of overseas doctors, the default code C9999998 should only be used where no GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER has been assigned.

All Midwife Episodes are identified in the Admitted Patient Care Commissioning Data Set (CDS) and Hospital Episode Statistics  by a pseudo MAIN SPECIALTY CODE, 560, see Main Specialty and Treatment Function Codes Table. A default code is used in the CONSULTANT CODE field to show that a MIDWIFE is the responsible professional. Note that the MIDWIFE's own code is not used.

All Nursing Episodes are identified in the Admitted Patient Commissioning Data Set and Hospital Episode Statistics by a pseudo MAIN SPECIALTY CODE, 950, see Main Specialty and Treatment Function Codes Table. A default code is used in the CONSULTANT CODE field to show that a NURSE is the responsible professional. Note that the NURSE's own  Nursing and Midwifery Council code is not used.

Also Known As

This attribute is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Plural CONSULTANT CODES

Where Used

Type Link How used
Class CONSULTANT has an attribute CONSULTANT CODE of type CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE (INITIATED SYSTEMIC ANTI-CANCER THERAPY) is the data element of CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE is the data element of CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE (RESPONSIBLE CONSULTANT) is the data element of CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Attribute CONSULTANT CODE references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE (INITIATED SYSTEMIC ANTI-CANCER THERAPY) references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Data Element CONSULTANT CODE (RESPONSIBLE CONSULTANT) references in description CONSULTANT CODE
NHS Business Definition Consultant Led Activity references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Attribute DOCTOR INDEX NUMBER references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Attribute GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBER references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Attribute GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONER CODE references in description CONSULTANT CODE
Supporting Information Glossary of Terms references in description CONSULTANT CODE
NHS Business Definition Non-consultant Led Activity references in description CONSULTANT CODE