Working with the NHS, the National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ) (UK) is the only recognized qualification for clinical coders that work in the NHS. A clinical coder needs to qualify an examination, after passing the exam, the clinical coder becomes eligible to use the post-nominal letters ACC.
A novice of NHS’ clinical coding qualification needs to agree to a 2-3 year development plan, which is in sync with their employer, in order to complete the required training, in addition to acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge and practical work experience, the qualities which are required to remain competent in the field of clinical coding.
The scope of coding skills and knowledge which is covered by the National Clinical Coding Examination is acquired from the structure of the national clinical coder curriculum.
The purpose of NCCQ (UK) is to support good quality of clinical information, as it is outlined by the Information for Health and the NHS Plan. It was also developed in order to create a structured career path within the scope of Clinical Coding in the UK.
The NCCQ has gained easy popularity within the recent years. Among the various attributes for the success of NCCQ, Agenda for Change (AfC) arrangements, contractual obligations and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  are crucial.
The qualification for NCCQ was developed by NHS Connecting for Health in collaboration with the administration and awarding body which is Institute for Health Record and Information Management (IHRIM). NHS Scotland, NHS Cymru, and the Health and Social Services Executive (Northern Ireland) are also in partnership with NCCQ.