Royal College of General Practitioners – Research and Surveillance Centre (RCGP RSC)



The RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre’s (RSC) extensive network of spotter practices currently extracts data from nearly 200 practices throughout England. The aim of the surveillance scheme is to provide a timely picture of consultations by diagnosis with sentinel GPs in England. Prof. Simon de Lusignan is the  Medical Director of the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre.

 The incidence data provides the cheap viagra on internet resources College, Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health with early warning of changes in the incidence of common illnesses presenting to general practice surgeries, particularly important for illnesses such as influenza like-illness and incidence rates for acute illnesses, as detailed in the RCGP’s weekly Communicable and Respiratory Disease Report for England.

 As a RCGP Research Ready practice, you are welcome to become involved in RCGP RSC surveillance and research projects.  Our best known activity is surveillance for influenza, which provides Public Health England (PHE) valuable information about any impending flu epidemic, and about the coverage and effectiveness of UK vaccination programmes.  

How to become a research ready practice?

We are looking to recruit new practices for:

  •  The flu surveillance programme, particularly in areas where the new childhood intranasal flu vaccination pilots are being conducted (Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) pilot areas); and 
  •  Practices in the northwest of England who might also join an infectious intestinal disease (IID) surveillance programme.

However, although this is our immediate need the RCGP RSC’s activities are broader than this.  Over time there will be the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting and interesting project and programmes.

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 Why join the network?

 In participating in the RSC network, your practice would be making a valuable contribution to public health and to research within your College. 

The RCGP RSC has been collecting and monitoring statistical health data on conditions as they present to GP practices throughout England for more than 40 years.  We are best known for our work on infectious disease, notably respiratory illness, and as stated above influenza in particular. 

Current RSC activities are mainly focussed on the development of integrated clinical and virological surveillance, the practical value of which has been demonstrated in relation to influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and defining the benefit-risk influenza vaccination.  This network uniquely brings together:  (1) The computerised medical record, which includes reports of flu-like illnesses; (2) Vaccination history (as far is available in the GP record); and (3) Microbiological samples which inform whether a person truly has the condition in question (most of our surveillance is for flu) or not. This work provides a model for further development of integrated surveillance in other areas of medical care and vaccine preventable diseases, as well as for monitoring antibiotic resistance patterns. 

Our core work is funded by Public Health England, with other research and surveillance conducted in collaboration with a range of research and surveillance organisations some working across Europe.  As a contributory practice to the RCGP RSC network, you may, in the future, have the opportunity to participate in new projects, such as the monitoring of vaccination programmes and emergence of antibiotic resistance. 

Levels of membership

There are three levels of membership, with the supply of high quality data and guide pfizer viagra for sale active participation in a surveillance scheme being the highest level.   The levels of membership are:

  1.  RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) Member –Practices providing data, and undergoing data quality (DQ) assessment and we provide practices with individually tailored data quality feedback.
  2.  RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) national surveillance data provider (NSDP) member Practices providing data to one or more of our national surveillance schemes.  These practices meet or exceed our data quality requirements for the programmes they are participating in.  Members of these practices will have completed the online learning about the network and its role, together with our information governance module. The online learning can be used for appraisal and re-validation.
  3.  Microbiological sample providing practices (MSPP):  These practices provide microbiological samples as part of our surveillance programmes, as well as high quality data.  Most will be providing nasal and throat swabs (“swabbing practices”) for influenza surveillance; though we also are involved in programmes relating to surveillance for gastrointestinal infectious disease (currently just the northwest of England) and chlamydia resistance.  There may, in the near future, may also be a programme looking at antibiotic resistance in urinary tract infection.  Members of these programmes will have completed the online learning relevant to the programmes they participate in. 

 Weekly communicable and respiratory disease reports

The RSC publishes weekly reports on communicable and respiratory diseases in England. These include data broken down by region for incidences of influenza-like illness and other respiratory diseases as well as information on environmentally sensitive and water and it’s cool can i order nexium online food borne disorders.  If you would like to receive a Tweet, text or email of each week’s results please contact: Ivelina Yonova (Practice Liaison Officer): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it