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Added 18 December 2018

The EMIS Health update on phased implementation of SNOMED CT:

  • Recommended the following preparation at this stage of the SNOMED CT rollout:
    • Tidy up your organisation’s local templates, searches, reports, concepts and protocols and delete/archive any items that are no longer in use.  This will leave only those items which are actually in use for you to review/recreate once your organisation has been transitioned to SNOMED CT coding.
  • confirmed the following details of the phased roll-out of SNOMED CT:

  When? Details
Phase 1b Rollout due for completion by November 2018 (with EMIS Web 8.5)

Will allow you to search on a SNOMED CT Concept ID to view its mapped Read  codes, enabling you to review and edit your existing, local templates, searches, reports, concepts and protocols.

The Care Record Detailed View panel will display a Read code and its mapped SNOMED CT Concept ID.
Phase 1c Rollout start date was 11.10.2018  (with EMIS Web 8.6) Will allow you to use EMIS Health authored SNOMED CT templates, searches, reports, concepts and protocols.
Phase 2 ‘First of type’ rollout due to start in January 2019 (with EMIS Web 9.0)

Delivers the full EMIS Web SNOMED CT functionality, including:

  • The ability to create local templates, searches, reports, concepts and protocols in SNOMED CT (EMIS Health have said that they continue to explore the possibility of users converting their existing templates, searches, reports, concepts and protocols from Read to SNOMED CT  and that they will provide further information on this in due course via their Support Centre).
  • An enhanced code picker which allows the user to search on SNOMED CT Concept IDs [within the GP subset plus selected codes (including EMIS national codes) required to meet the national specifications for QOF and other extracts].
  • Additional functionality to group clinically equivalent synonymous terms and the promotion of the preferred clinical term.

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Added 21 August 2018

Access the NHS Digital monthly ‘Snap Update’ newsletter from the Delen website Resource Library.

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Added 21 August 2018

See NHS Digital's updated 'Dual Coding Fact Sheet' from the link on the Delen website 'Main Publications' page.

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Added 21 August 2018

NHS Digital has provided August 2018 webinar dates here, with further dates due to be published soon. Recorded webinars and slide presentations are also available.

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Added 21 August 2018

The ‘Supplier Transition & Functionality Information’ slide deck, now available via the NHS Digital Delen website's 'Supplier Deployment Schedule' webpage

  • provides information on how users will be affected by the transition to SNOMED CT
  • confirms that Phase 1 pilot activity has been completed and details of Phase 2 (which includes user functionality that enables users to record and report in SNOMED CT i.e. provision of data entry, templates and searches) are to be confirmed
  • advises that users regularly check their clinical system supplier website/support centre for information and training resources

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Added 21 August 2018

Latest information from NHS Digital and EMIS Health:

  • Phase 1 testing in pilot practices successfully completed
    • back-end changes to functionality
    • also resulted in some minor front-end changes (came into effect with EMIS update/release 8.2)
  • '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' (NHS Digital)
  • Further updates will be provided via the Delen website news feed and the EMIS Support Centre/EMIS Health news feed. (Users are advised to check for regular updates.)

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Added 28 February 2018

The latest ‘Snap Update’ (February 2018) from the NHS Digital SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care project team is now available.

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Added 22 February 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. 

(Extract from NHS Digital’s January 2018 ‘Snap Update’)

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Added 22 February 2018

EMIS Health’s ‘Get ready for SNOMED CT' page mentions:

  • live online sessions to help you tidy up your practice database to get ready for SNOMED CT
  • further training content, with links that will be added to and expanded as we approach the implementation of SNOMED CT

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Added 22 February 2018

A new 'SNOMED CT – GP Practices Are You Prepared?' document is now available, from NHS Digital, for GP Practices to support their preparation for the transition to SNOMED CT.

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Added 22 February 2018

The latest 'Snap Update' (January 2018) from the NHS Digital SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care project team is now available.

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Added 22 February 2018

NHS Digital has announced some new March 2018 webinar dates – and have advised that GP practices may be particularly interested in “Exploring SNOMED CT content for General Practice” where you will learn more about the key hierarchies of findings/disorders, procedures, observables, and situations.

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Added 18 January 2018

SNOMED CT in Primary Care - Implementation Update

In order to minimise disruption at year-end, SNOMED CT will be deployed in phases across general practice from April 2018. The introduction of SNOMED CT, which replaces Read/CTV 3 Codes, is being co-ordinated in primary care by NHS Digital, working closely with clinical system suppliers to support a smooth transition. The first phase of deployment will start with approximately 20 pilot sites, including all of the principal clinical supplier systems, after year-end business activities are completed. GP Clinical system suppliers will inform GP practices of their deployment plans. For further information on progress, visit the NHS Digital website.

(Extract from NHS Englan's CCG Bulletin, issued on 18 January 2018)


 

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

 

SNOMED CT Code Browser

NHS Digital SNOMED CT browser

 


 

External Resources

EMIS Health

You will need to be logged into the EMIS Health Support Centre to access the following links.

SNOMED CT

  • check this page periodically for new content added by EMIS as this is the main page, within the EMIS Support Centre, from which SNOMED-related information is linked (including information about the code picker, obsolete codes and hierarchy changes)

 

SNOMED CT in primary care implementation update

  • for latest deployment news

 

Get ready for SNOMED CT

  • for advice on how to prepare for SNOMED CT

 

SNOMED CT frequently asked questions

 

Read code to SNOMED CT

NHS Digital

Delen website's SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care page

  • for links to dedicated pages for latest news, deployment information, education and training resources, FAQs, etc.

 

Delen website’s education and training – SNOMED CT implementation in primary care page

  • for links to various learning resources, including webinar dates, recorded webinars and presentation slides

 

NHS Digital 'Snap Update' monthly newsletters

 

TRUD webpage

  • for more e-learning resources
  • will need to create an account first

 

SNOMED CT in primary care - implementation update 

 

​NHS Digital recommends the guidance document Data Quality Guidance v.3.0

 

SNOMED CT


Camden CCG Resources

SNOMED slide presentations from Camden CCG IT Workshops (December 2017 and July 2018):

Available for download from Camden GP Website

 

Information from Camden CCG IT & Systems Team newsletter (January 2018):

We recommend practices watch some of the NHS Digital webinars on the Delen website in order to familiarise themselves with the upcoming SNOMED-CT changes. 

 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please email the IT & Systems team via GP IT or call 020 3688 1881.

Page last updated: 21 August 2018