Join the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre Network

Dr Simon de Lusignan

Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics

Medical Director, RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC)

Would your practice like to join the RCGP RSC network?

Would your practice like to become involved in RSC surveillance and research projects? The RSC's best known work is for the surveillance of influenza, which provides Public Health England (PHE) valuable information about any impending flu epidemic, and about the coverage and effectiveness of UK vaccination programmes.

The RSC is an internationally renowned source of information, analysis and interpretation concerning the onset, patterns, prevalence and trends over time of morbidity in primary care. Currently the RSC is collecting data from around 100 practices around England and Wales, and with plans to extend our network, we would be delighted to include your practice.

Invitation to join the RCGP RSC practice network

The RSC carries out disease surveillance through a network of surveillance practices. In participating in the RSC network, your practice would be making a valuable contribution to public health and to research within your College.

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:

  • Member: providing data for RSC research (e.g. trends in contraceptive use; patterns of adherence to diabetes therapy); and undergoing data quality assessment.
  • National surveillance data provider (NSDP) member: these practices provide data to one or more of our national surveillance schemes and participate in research. They exceed our data quality requirements.
  • Microbiological sample providing practices (MSPP) member: 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. We are also involved in programmes relating to surveillance for gastrointestinal infectious disease (currently just in the northwest of England) and chlamydia resistance. There may also be a programme in the future looking at antibiotic resistance in urinary tract infection.

If you are interested in joining please contact:


Find out more about the RSC here and how it fits into RCGP research.


The Data Quality and Microbiological Samples Incentives Scheme for RSC Practices [DOC]

RSC Expression of Interest Form [DOC]

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