Introduction to Clinical Coding

PMA (formerly Practice Managers Association)
Delivery Method: Virtual


This web workshop will give delegates a clear understanding of both the transactional elements of Clinical Coding and the transformational change it has brought to GP practices. We will look at helpful tips and guidance which supports accurate clinical coding in practice.

SNOMED CT** (Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms) is the common clinical language that have replaced Read codes within the NHS. SNOMED CT is a comprehensive clinical terminology that makes healthcare information accessible and usable across the globe. SNOMED provides a “common language” comprised of concepts, terms and relationships that enable a consistent way of capturing, sharing and aggregating health data across clinical specialties and different sites of care.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Define key terms, acronyms, and abbreviations associated with Clinical Coding
  • Differentiate between terminologies and classifications and demonstrate an understanding how they are interrelated.
  • Gain insight into of the history of Clinical Coding and how it evolved.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the status of SNOMED CT, including the location and purpose of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic components and structure of SNOMED CT.
  • Evaluate your skills through self-assessment.
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand your own practice processes and how the role of a clinical coder works in managing effective workflow.

Who should attend:

The key objective of this workshop is to extend the depth and breadth of your knowledge of SNOMED CT and will provide authoritative coverage of a broad range of topics related to clinical coding. 

Yes, it’s for you… if you are seeking a broad foundational knowledge of clinical coding to help you in your current role or future career.

How much do I need to know about coding before I start? There are no specific requirements for prior knowledge of SNOMED CT. This course is a good starting point for you to learn. 

Why should I take this course? The knowledge you gain during the course will be of direct value if you are engaged in roles or tasks that need an understanding of the fundamental aspects of clinical coding.


Welcome & Introduction to the workshop 

  • Setting the Scene & Programme overview 
  • Objectives

Basics of Clinical Coding

  • History of clinical coding
  • Development of SNOMED CT
  • Definitions, Acronyms & Abbreviations
  • Difference between terminology and classification

Introduction to Clinical Coding

  • Benefits for organisations
  • Clinical terminology matters

Exploring SNOMED CT - Design and distribution

  • Building blocks: concepts, descriptions & relationships
  • Release files & formats
  • Concept model
  • Content development
  • Extensions

LIVE demonstration of the SNOMED browser and EMIS plus a ‘How to Guide’ of the Clinical Coding system


  • Language preferences & translation
  • Medical Terminology
  • Mapping
  • Expressions

Open Forum & Discussion


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