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Introduction

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Clinical terminology and classification systems support the recording of information in a consistent way, by using a ‘common language’. Using a standardised vocabulary is important in facilitating the precise recording of clinical information, which has implications for improving the quality of healthcare. It also facilitates the accurate recording of clinical content in electronic health records, and has benefits for the use of the data for secondary purposes, such as the planning and commissioning of services.

The RCSLT SNOMED Project

SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms) is a standard clinical terminology used internationally. SNOMED CT provides a comprehensive set of clinical terms used across healthcare, which are linked to show relationships between terms. This includes terms to denote diagnoses, symptoms, treatments and terms used for healthcare administration.

The RCSLT SNOMED Project review group, comprising RCSLT advisers and members with an interest in terminology, is undertaking a review of the existing terms in SNOMED that are relevant to speech and language therapy and making recommendations for new terms.

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Resources

More information about SNOMED CT is available from SNOMED International and NHS Digital, including online resources:

The clinical terms related to speech and language therapy in SNOMED CT are available online:

More information about ICD10 and ICD11 is available from the World Health Organisation.