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Key Messages:

  • SNOMED CT will be deployed in phases across general practice from April 2018.  Wider rollout will follow the pilot phase once any changes have been undertaken, with expected implementation to be completed by autumn 2018. Principal GP clinical system suppliers will inform GP practices of their deployment plans
  • At this stage (Feb 2018), NHS Digital recommends that practices prepare by:
    • Housekeeping – searches, templates, protocols, concepts and formularies – delete or archive redundant items
    • Familiarisation – access learning resources (e.g. webinars), in particular, the document: Data Quality Guidance v3.0 
    • Gain an understanding of SNOMED CT to a level appropriate to role
  • NHS Digital timeline for SNOMED implementation in primary care:
  • It is planned that dual coding will continue until April 2020