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:
- Dental CONSULTANT:
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.
For Commissioning Data Set version 6-2, default CONSULTANT CODES are used to identify ACTIVITY which is led by a NURSE, MIDWIFE or ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. See CONSULTANT CODE for the default codes.
For Commissioning Data Set version 6-3 onwards, CONSULTANT CODE is replaced by PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION ENTRY IDENTIFIER, which allows submission of the actual PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION code for NURSES, MIDWIVES and ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, as well as CONSULTANTS.
This attribute is also known by these names: