Quick and easy

This page outlines some quick and easy ways for your practice to share data to support research and improve care.

Sign up to Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
Clinical Practice Research Datalink

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) is a real-world research service supporting retrospective and prospective public health and clinical studies. CPRD is jointly sponsored by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), as part of the Department of Health and Social Care.

CPRD collects de-identified patient data from a network of GP practices across the UK. Primary care data is linked to a range of other health related data to provide a longitudinal, representative UK population health dataset. The data encompasses more than 35 million patient lives, including 11 million currently registered patients.

Sign up to FARSITE

The Feasibility and Recruitment System for Improving Trial Efficiency (FARSITE) is a software tool to help find patients who can enter clinical trials.

FARSITE is a tool for searching, finding, and contacting patients with research opportunities, whilst still preserving their confidentiality. FARSITE has been developed to be used by clinical research networks and GPs that want a safe and easy way to get involved with research.

FARSITE allows the user to determine whether a clinical trial is feasible and matches patients who could possibly be recruited to trials.

RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre

The RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) is an internationally renowned source of information, analysis and interpretation of primary care data. Established in 1957, the RSC is an active research and surveillance unit that collects and monitors data, in particular influenza, from more than 500 practices across England.

In 2017, the RSC celebrated 50 years of weekly influenza surveillance and reporting – a landmark anniversary. The dataset is nationally representative, having only small differences with the national population, which have now been quantified and can be assessed for clinical relevance for specific studies. With twice-weekly data extractions, the dataset is one of the most up to date in the UK.

The RCGP RSC is recruiting practices to join the network, so sign up online now.