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I am a senior academic GP, Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. I am also the Director of the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC), one of Europe’s oldest sentinel systems. We have developed this from under 100, to over 1,000 general practice. I also remain a practising GP, and am in my 34th year in my practice, and trying to keep it safe.

What is your main area(s) of interest/expertise?

I really enjoy data and things digital. I am interested in how you can infer meaning from routinely collected data about disease and health outcomes; and the challenged in incorporating technology and technology enabled roles into health care.

What are you working on right now?

Most of my current effort is on COVID surveillance and research. I have lead the transformation of the flu surveillance system into one for COVID-19, this has involved trebling the size of our sampling network. We are collecting 100s of virology samples each week and over 1,000 serology specimens a week, working with Public Health England to monitor the spread of COVID-19. I have an active project looking at disparities in vulnerability to disease and am also an investigator in the PRINCIPLE trial (led by my colleague Chris Butler). This has provided the opportunity to turn the RCGP RSC sentinel network into a trial’s platform to support the study. Whilst there are other ways that patients can be recruited into PRINCIPLE at the time of writing the RCGP RSC had recruited just under 85% of patients randomised. My practice recruited the first patient to be randomised in the PRINCIPLE trial.  

Why is Oxford a good place to work in this field of research?

Great colleagues to work with who make you think and get things done. We have achieved in the last two months, what might otherwise have taken two years!

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Latest article:

The Lancet: Risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 among patients in the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre primary care network: a cross-sectional study

Simon de Lusignan