Short term

Workshops W-COD



Clinical codification is currently a key part of the healthcare system in Portugal. It has been spreading ever since it was introduced in the 1980s and it is used across the different contexts (public / private, central bodies / providers, hospitals / other level of care) for the purpose of characterisation of hospital morbidity.

The introduction of ICD-10-CM/PCS in 2016 was an important milestone in clinical codification, since it brought the need to update knowledge given the remarkable differences from the previous version.

In this context, the W-COD | Workshops on Clinical Codification aim at improving and updating the knowledge of participants on the methods and implications of codification according to ICD-10-CM/PCS.



This is an initiative of the National School of Public Health (NNSPH) and Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde (ACSS) and is a part of the national training plan in ICD-10-CM/PCS.

The W-COD is jointly coordinated by NNSPH and ACSS, more precisely by Prof. Sílvia Lopes and Ms. Teresa Matias.

The workshops are taught by experts on each one of the fields using an interactive teaching method, which aims at answering the practical issues that the participants face every day acknowledging their experience and promoting informed discussions on these topics.

This workshop aims at providing participants with theoretical and practical knowledge on the use of clinical codification for the description of hospital activity and the construction of indicators as well as background information.

This way, it contributes to the consolidation of clinical codification as a basis for making decisions as well as the improvement of its basic information in regard to health management.

For more information, please read the details for this workshop.


The W-COD | Workshops on Clinical Codification are intended for all those interested in learning more about clinical codification.

Specific targets may be established for each workshop based on its topic, which will be included in the details for each particular workshop.



University degree (or equivalent) and additional requirements may be established, which will be included in the workshop’s details.

Each workshop must have a minimum of ten students and a maximum of 25. If needed, the selection criteria shall be based on a cover letter for attending the workshop and curriculum analysis.



Enrolment in the W-COD shall take place exclusively on line on the NNSPH website using a proper form and biographical questionnaire with all the relevant elements annexed to the form.

Deadlines for enrolment and burdens for each workshop are on the details.

  • An attendance certificate will be provided by ACSS and NNSPH to participants who have attended at least 75% of the expected schedule for each workshop.
  • At the end of each workshop, the satisfaction of participants shall be assessed for which purpose the NNSPH education quality assessment system shall be used.