Research and Surveillance

Research & Surveillance


What is the programme?
This practice is one of over 600 practices in England participating in a national surveillance programme that provides continuous monitoring of infectious diseases in the community.

What data is being collected?
Pseudonymised data
is being collected for national research and surveillance. Pseudonymisation means that individuals are distinguished by using a unique identifier which means their 'real' identity is not revealed.

Why is the data collected?
The data is being collected to enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community. The RCGP RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with prediction and management of flu out-breaks and pandemics.

How does this affect me?
Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients directly. All information is collected anonymously and does not affect patient care, treatment or privacy. However if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used, please speak to your GP.

How about GDPR?
RCGP RSC are compliant with all current legislation including GDPR and work within the governance frameworks of NHS Digital and Medical Research Council. For more information, please visit:

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