Two West Herts Hospital NHS Trust clinical coders have earned the rank of the top 10 in the country after whizzing the National Coding Exam.
Andrea Cardozo and Molly Deely have been waiting over a year to sit the exam, which verifies the pair as accredited clinical coders and is the only qualification of its kind recognised by the NHS.
Andrea has also won the prestigious NHS Digital Award of Excellence for achieving the single highest score on the test in the entire country.
This was a far from easy task for the talented two, who along with the know-how of the exam had to contend with numerous cancellations due to the social distancing measures introduced throughout the year.
Having to keep up with the responsibilities of their work and the ever-changing standards to pass the exam, the pair finally took their exam electronically, the first time the test has been done this way.
They found out about their incredible results after three nervous months of waiting.
A clinical coder records information about all of the patients who visit any hospital or centre in the hospital trust, keeping track of and investigating every aspect of their medical journey.
Andrea Cardozo said: “We are very grateful for the support we received from our management and clinical coding team. Overall, it was a long and eventful journey with a very happy ending.”