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Resources for Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and update on NHS Health Check data standard

SNOMED CT is a comprehensive clinical terminology to support recording of clinical information, in a way that helps data management and analysis to support patient care while enabling data extraction and data exchange.

In healthcare, the requirements for coding are extensive. SNOMED CT provides a comprehensive set of such clinical phrases or terms, this is called a terminology. SNOMED CT is more than just a set of clinical phrases, for example, it also includes groups with relationships between terms.

SNOMED CT has been selected and approved as the terminology to be adopted by the NHS in England. It is the most comprehensive international terminology currently available and can be used across all care settings and all clinical domains.

Health & Social Care Information Centre has resources to help support the work you are doing on SNOMED CT. Click here to find out about the training sessions, resources and forums. More information on SNOMED CT can be found here.

The national NHS Health Check team is working towards securing a data standard to support national data extraction for the NHS Health Check programme. This work will enable the NHS Health Check programme to add evidence to the prevention agenda seeking to reduce non-communicable diseases.



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