SNOMED CT

Root Definition

SNOMED CT is the recommended vocabulary used by the NHS and its providers to record clinical and related information in a standardised form. It includes the majority of health findings (e.g. depression, anxiety) and health interventions (e.g. CBT) used in health provision. There is an international version managed by the IHTSDO, and it is adapted for local use by national release centres, of which the UK Terminology Centre is the release centre for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Customers

NHS Providers and Commissioners
International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)
NHS IT systems providers

Actors

NHS agencies (NICE, Monitor, NHS England)
Clinical research organisations
Professional bodies
IT Systems providers

Transformations

Enables the recording of clinical and clinically-related information in standardised, comparable terms.

Weltenshauung

Clinical recording in electronic systems must be consistent and comparable to enable effective recording of clinical findings and interventions, to enable research, to enable decision-support. A standard terminology, used consistently, is the way to achieve this. Such a terminology should be consistent internationally.

Owner

HSCIC and IHTSDO

Environment

Clinical care is rapidly developing
IT systems often have bespoke terminologies that are not consistent with the SNOMED CT

Subsystems

None relevent

Contribution to the problem

SNOMED CT does not have an adequate set of terms to represent MBPs
SNOMED CT is not presently used in GP systems, though there is a programme underway to achieve this in the next two years.