Taxonomy and Clinical Terms

SNOMED and beyond

driving the clinical terminology digitally and offline

Choosing the right taxonomy

Removing barriers

Enabling clinical terms to cross borders
without the limitations of language

Improve Service

Enhancing the quality of care experienced
by individuals.

Cross Mapping Terms

Improving links between one international terminology, classification and code system and another in order to obtain a number of benefits

Logical and Organised

Concepts with unique meanings and formal logic based definitions and is organised into hierarchies.



SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms) is one example of a standard clinical terminology. SNOMED CT provides a comprehensive set of clinical terms, which are linked to show relationships between those terms. It enables information relating to the care of the patient to be represented accurately and consistently in the electronic care record.


Clinical terms for SLTs


The RCSLT’s SNOMED Project focuses on ensuring that SNOMED CT contains the clinical terms that SLTs use in record keeping. The clinical terms relevant to speech and language therapy are being reviewed and developed by the RCSLT SNOMED Project review group on a quarterly basis. The group make recommendations about which terms require updating and any new terms that need to be added to SNOMED CT.


RCSLT Workshops and the terminology user panel 


There are also opportunities for members of this group to be involved in steering the use of terminology on the new RCSLT website, which is currently under development.

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to consider getting involved and joining our terminology user panel to help us ensure that all clinical areas and settings are represented.

This is an opportunity to influence the use of terminology across the profession, as well as on the new RCSLT website.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Moyse (Outcomes Project Officer)