ADG welcomes Government delay of SNOMED implementation

Following the ADG’s continued lobbying, the Chief Dental Officer has confirmed that the mandatory implementation of SNOMED CT has been delayed by a year by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

This is welcome news for ADG members and the wider sector who were expected to implement the new system whilst not only contending with access issues and workforce shortages but were also responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The implementation of SNOMED CT for use in NHS dentistry has been fraught with issues and the sector was not adequately prepared. The new system will add significant additional time to every NHS dental appointment, at a time where the sectors capacity is stretched beyond measure.

Chair of the Association of Dental Groups, Neil Carmichael said:

“I am delighted that the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) has announced a delay in the mandatory implementation of the SNOMED CT clinical vocabulary until April 2021, giving the sector a year to prepare adequately and allowing us to concentrate on helping to defeat COVID-19.

“ADG members and the wider sector were urged by the Chief Dental Officer to use this time to prepare for final compliance. The ADG looks forward to working with the CDO and other relevant organisations to ensure that the sector has the information required to fully implement SNOMED CT which is currently lacking.

“This is a great move by the Government which takes the pressure off the dentistry sector at a time where it is much needed. We welcome the opportunity for organisations to re-clarify the requirement and to confirm their plans and timelines for SNOMED implementation.

“The commitment that NHS X will be holding discussions with the dentistry systems supplier community in parallel with the CDO, BSA and the representative dental professional bodies is also an important step forward to ensuring SNOMED CT can be implemented effectively over the next year.”