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NHS Occupation Codes

NHS Occupation Code Manual, Version 14 - effective from August 2016

Guidance updates have been made to the NHS Occupation Code Manual, the latest version is 'NHS Occupation Code Manual Version 14.1' which can be found above.

A full list of Medical and Dental Sub-Speciality codes are also available as an annex to the NHS Occupation Code Manual. These do not form part of the approved standard but are intended to aid consistent reporting, particularly for Deanery data managers.

The list has been agreed in consultation with the GMC, Deanery data managers, DH Medical Training team and the Workforce Information Review Group (WIRG).

Sub-specialities relate to the detailed nature of the training that a doctor has undertaken (or is undertaking) and are recognised and recorded by the GMC on the list of medical practitioners. Doctors must be training or have completed training in the relevant parent speciality to obtain sub-speciality approval. They do not form part of the national requirement to monitor the NHS workforce.


Previous version of the NHS Occupation Code Manual

Earlier versions are available from NHS Digital by request via enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

NHS Occupation Code Manual, Version 13 - effective from July 2014:


National Workforce Data Set (NWD) guidance documents

A new library of documents is being developed to provide guidance on the use of key data items from the National Workforce Dataset (NWD) to enable those using ESR to make informed coding decisions and improve data quality

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