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National community COVID-19 surveillance

The Oxford Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) Sentinel Surveillance Network are conducting viral swabbing of symptomatic people and random antibody sampling, via an extra serology sample with routine bloods, in asymptomatic individuals.

Initially provided through 100 practices, this has been rapidly scaled up to 300 and aims to reach 1000 practices.

This work is a partnership with Public Health England.

Further epidemiological data will be available from a wider number of practices (2-3000) who are not sampling but will collect COVID-19 codes.  

National COVID-19 Clinical Informatics hub

To support a number of major COVID-19 research programmes the ARC, through its Digital Health theme, supported the rapid engineering of a new national primary care digital platform – the Oxford RCGP Clinical Informatics Digital Hub (ORCHID).

This is to provide a secure, scalable, and resilient digital database capable of supporting the PRINICPLE trial, RAPTOR COVID-19 and community surveillance projects, and providing a clinical informatics hub.

Recent ARC OxTV news

Future-Proofing Mental Health

ARC OxTV Mental Health across the Lifecourse theme lead, Professor Cathy Creswell is among a number of UK academics calling, in Journal of Mental Health, for targets for mental health research in order to meet the healthcare challenges of the next decade.