Why be involved

What is it to be a Practice member and what are the benefits?

In joining the RSC, you will become a member of one of the longest standing data sharing networks in the world. For over 50 years, the network has been sharing data and as it has evolved the opportunity and benefit to Practices is even greater. In joining the RSC you will be able to:

Contribute to Public Health data and help inform near time decision making relating to pandemics
Participate in wider Primary Care research activity and receive remuneration accordingly
Learn about your own workload and access help and support with subjects such as data quality

There is no cost to joining the network, in fact it is possible to increase Practice revenue via research and quality improvement exercises enabled by the data dashboards and eLearning

Our commitment to your patients

The RSC recognises the importance of patients being aware that the Practice is participating in research and that they have the right to 'opt out'. To support this, the RSC supplies member Practices with a poster for their waiting rooms, patient information sheet and a copy of the logo for their websites and encourage Practices to add information to their website. When patients do opt out of sharing their data, this is always respected.

Data extraction process by clinical system

Data is extracted direct from the Practice's clinical system, once to twice per week. This is done when the clinical system is not active and usually overnight.

All practices in the network are providing pseudonymised data for surveillance, but practices will not be included in any specific research projects without their official written consent. Joining in research projects does not require signing additional paperwork, unless specifically requested by the funders.

Practice members have access to their own dashboard which includes feedback on data quality, can be downloaded, and is updated weekly. 
This individualised feedback is based around various aspects of a practices coding, and has the additional benefit of demonstrating a commitment to constant quality improvement during CQC visits.

Patient data and GDPR

The RSC only use pseudonymised information for disease surveillance, and is compliant with GDPR Article 6 in the use of personal data and Article 9 in the use of sensitive data (such as health data). The RSC works within all relevant governance frameworks including NHS Digital and the Medical Research Council, and is compliant with all existing legislation and national guidance on the use of patient level data. 

For more detailed information about Information Governance and data protection, please see the RCGP RSC Information on Data Sharing page. 

Join the network!

If you want to join the RSC network, submit an Expression of Interest by clicking the button below

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any outstanding questions please get in touch via Practiceenquiries@phc.ox.ac.uk 


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