Clinical terminology – the journey so far and another chance to get involved

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Transforming the RCSLT Website

The Terminology and Taxonomy Panel were asked to look at the use of terminology and the classification and organisation of content on the new website.

This has involved looking at the existing content under the ‘clinical resources’ section of the current website and thinking about how this links with standardised clinical terminologies such as SNOMED CT and ICD10.

The next stage of the process is to consult the wider RCSLT membership on the terminology that falls under each of the umbrella categories of SLT disorders listed below

How to get involved

The terms used to denote SLT disorders, including those in standardised clinical terminologies (e.g. SNOMED CT and ICD10) have been grouped under each category, and we are inviting members to give feedback on the terminology they expect to see on the new RCSLT website.

For each category, we are asking members to categorise terms used to denote speech and language therapy disorders according to whether these are:

  1. An accepted/preferred term (i.e. the term is widely used by the profession in clinical practice and in the literature, and is recognised as being an appropriate term to denote this disorder)
  2. A useable term (i.e. the term is used by the profession, but there are preferred terms available to denote this disorder)
  3. Not accepted and not useable (i.e. it is generally not considered appropriate to use this term)

We would like to invite you to complete any of the short online activities listed below in the clinical areas that are of interest you and would encourage you to share this invitation with any of your colleagues and/or networks that you think would be interested in contributing.

These surveys will remain online until Thursday 14th September.

How will your feedback help us?

Feedback from the online activities will be used to inform the organisation and presentation of content on the new website, including:

  • Intuitive navigation of the clinical resources through the “tagging” of related content
  • Development of an intelligent and effective search function built into the new website

Your feedback will also be relevant to a number of other projects currently underway at RCSLT, including the revision of the Curriculum Guidelines and development and maintenance of SNOMED CT subsets

Interested in finding out more?

Further information about this work is available by contacting

To find out more about standardised clinical terminology, please visit our SNOMED CT page.

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