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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

Research photography exhibition moves to Didcot

A photography exhibition showcasing ground-breaking NHS research taking place across the Thames Valley has opened in Didcot.

PPI in the time of COVID-19

Public involvement is central to high-quality, ethical research. So, what happens when a pandemic hits and life is turned upside down? We reached out to three experienced PPI contributors – Una Rennard, Julia Hamer-Hunt and Bernard Gudgin – to ask how COVID-19 had affected their personal lives and their PPI work.