SNOMED CT to replace Read codes

SNOMED CT is the clinical vocabulary chosen to replace Read codes within the NHS. Coded information that is currently received from GP systems in Read codes will change to SNOMED CT and CCGs need to be ready for this.

The change to SNOMED CT must be adopted by all general practice service providers before 1 April 2018. This will affect those who add or extract data to or from clinical systems.

NHS Digital has produced a briefing note for CCGs explaining what CCGs can do in advance, with links to further information, monthly webinars from 5 January 2017, discussion groups, and training. A workshop will also be taking place in February.