School of Computing




This course will address the basics, but also provide an appreciation of the capabilities of SNOMED CT, the NHS's electronic health records system. SNOMED CT provides the clinical terminology used within the systems in use in the NHS and addresses the needs of all clinical professions and clinical specialties. It is imperative that all clinical staff and those processing patient records understand the basics of SNOMED CT. Learners will also receive guided and exploratory opportunities to understand the structure and content in SNOMED CT through hands-on activities.

The course covers:

  1. What are healthcare terminologies and classifications?
  2. Why SNOMED CT?
  3. Introduction to SNOMED CT, the UK Edition and SNOMED International
  4. SNOMED CT structure and content
  5. Exploring SNOMED CT using NHS Digital SNOMED CT browser
  6. SNOMED CT expressions and their use to analyse clinical data
  7. SNOMED CT reference sets

Date and time: Thursday 28 January 28 14:30 – 16:00
Fee: £120 one off session
Book the whole Health Informatics programme of 10 sessions for £1000

SNOMED CT Basics: accessing a patient's medical record on tablet computer

Course Lecturers

Denise Downs

Denise was the Principal Terminology Implementation and Education Specialist at NHS Digital. In this role, she has been the terminology SME (subject matter expert) for project to transition general practice to SNOMED, now SME for mental health. 

Denise has also worked with a number of system suppliers to drive up implementation of SNOMED CT as well as working with of professional bodies to deliver awareness and training for clinicians.. Previously, she has held various posts in Huddersfield University from Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering to Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Denise has a MA in Software Systems Design from Manchester UniversityMA in Education from Open University, and BA (First-Class Honours) in Computing and Mathematics from Lancaster University.

Dr Tejal Shah

Tejal is a Lecturer at the Institute of Coding at Newcastle University where her responsibilities include designing computing courses for those from non-computing backgrounds and mentoring apprentices undertaking the Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist degree apprenticeship. 

Previously, she was a Research Associate in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University working on the Connected Health Cities (CHC) Programme. Prior to joining Newcastle University, she worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney where she was responsible for implementing SNOMED CT in the in-house health information system that was developed as part of a research project.

Tejal received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She holds a Master of Health Informatics degree from The University of Sydney, Australia and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Government Dental College, Mumbai, India.