What does a health records clerk do?
Health records clerks are also known as medical records staff. The main duties of this role would include:
- finding and checking patient records
- creating new records and updating existing ones on the computer system
- filing records
- forwarding test samples to laboratories
- storing test results and letters with the right patient records
- greeting patients, booking appointments and dealing with enquiries from GPs
- recording illnesses and treatments using a system of codes, known as clinical coding
- recording patient admissions, transfers, discharges, and deaths
- inputting details from paper records onto a computer system
- collecting statistics such as number of admissions, discharges and waiting lists
What do I need to do to become a health records clerk?
To get into this job you would usually need a good general standard of education and previous experience of office work. You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship scheme.
- GCSEs (A-C), including English and maths, or a similar level of qualification.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?You could work in an NHS hospital, or in a GP surgery, private hospital or the armed forces.
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