Uplift of key and supporting documentation
The requirement for all health and care systems to use SNOMED CT has not changed.
The ability to flow patient data electronically and safely between health and care systems remains a high priority. Since December 2019, this objective has been achieved in General Practice. The requirement to enable SNOMED CT content in secondary, dentistry and optometry care systems in 2020 is still to be fully achieved; although it is known that many providers have SNOMED CT enabled EPR systems in place.
Recognising this is the case, the Data Coordination Board has approved an application by NHS Digital, in conjunction with NHSX, to uplift the key and supporting documentation to enable further progress of SNOMED CT implementation across health and care systems.
The information in the Requirements Specification, Change Specification, Implementation Guidance and User Guide has been refreshed to ensure links to current guidance and information are correct; clarifications have been made based on feedback from those systems that have adopted SNOMED CT; additional advice has been provided on the support available to help implementation. Note that there are no fundamental changes to the standard itself.
The updated documents (marked as Version 2.0) are available in the Releases table on this page.
It is expected that all secondary, dentistry and optometry service providers will have detailed plans in place with an associated implementation schedule for SNOMED CT by 31 December 2020. These plans will be required by NHSX and NHS England and NHS Improvement as part of provider planning activity.
If you have any queries about this, please contact NHS Digital at [email protected]