The switch to SNOMED CT from Read codes is getting closer, and FPM has been keeping you up to speed on any new developments every step of the way. The first Thornfields ‘Introduction to SNOMED’ course for primary care staff is happening this week, so we wanted to give you an exclusive look at what to expect.
This brand new workshop from award-winning trainers Thornfields is a mixture of interactive exercises, action planning and learning about the past, present and future of SNOMED. It provides attendees with a clear understanding of the transformational and transactional elements of the biggest change to hit medical coding in decades.
It’s been designed to provide a strategic overview of why the change is happening and give an operational understanding of how to meet the deadline for GP practices to transition to SNOMED CT before 1st April 2018.
For a little more info, we grabbed a quick word with Thornfields trainer and practice manager Siobhan Gorman about what to expect from the course. Here’s what she had to say!
As someone who has worked with Read codes a lot in the past, how did you initially feel about the switch to SNOMED?
I felt apprehensive and excited all in one go…
What is the biggest benefit you think people will gain from attending the new Introduction to SNOMED course?
Being more fully aware of SNOMED and understanding how its hierarchies and structure work.
You have been involved in putting together this course, what did you find were the key challenges?
Not giving the delegates information overload!
Who do you think makes up the key audience for the SNOMED awareness course?
Anyone involved in primary care - from admin staff to clinicians.
Don’t be left in the cold by the switch to SNOMED - be prepared, confident and clear on what the change will mean for you and your practice by signing up for Thornfields’ SNOMED Workshop.
For more information on the implementation of SNOMED CT and what it means for you, why not check out our exclusive interview with NHS Digital's Denise Downs here.