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Your NHS needs you. Help us find a vaccine for Covid-19

Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry.
The new NHS vaccine research registry will help NHS approved researchers to get in touch with volunteers.

  1. Sign up by adding your details to the registry
  2. Researchers will contact you with suitable studies and you can decide to take part or not

Sign up

Help the fight against COVID-19

Has your doctor or nurse said you are likely to have a COVID-19 infection?
Or do you have these symptoms?

  • Continuous new or worsening cough
  • High temperature

And have had them for fewer than 15 days?

Are you aged 65 and above?
Or aged 50 to 64 with any of these illnesses?

  • High blood pressure and/ or heart disease
  • Asthma or lung disease
  • Weakened immune system due to serious illness or medication (e.g. chemotherapy).
  • Diabetes not treated with insulin
  • Stroke or neurological problems
  • Liver disease

Then you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19.

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital Admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.

To find out more, please visit :
Tel: 0800138 0880

Research and Surveillance Centre
Supporting practices to improve patient care through data

The RCGP RSC is Europe's oldest public health surveillance system.
It is a funded network of practices, supported by Public Health England and NHS England to deliver disease surveillance, research and more recently monitoring general practice workload.

History of the RSC

The RSC has been at the cutting edge of GP data for over 50 years. Initially responsible for monitoring flu pandemics. it Is now a network of over 500 practices supporting Surveillance, Quality Improvement, Research and Education.

Benefits of RCGP RSC membership are:

  • Opportunity to participate In research In a light-touch way
  • Create new practice revenue streams and ensure your practice is earning maximum QOF and DES income
  • Contribute to the national picture by providing data for Infectious diseases to Public Health England
  • Unlimited access to a dashboard that allows practices to understand their own workload and benchmark them against other practices in the network

'' I can wholeheartedly recommend joining the RCGP RSC network. Being a member of this friendly collaboration of practices not only brings opportunities
for financial reward, ii also allows you to play a small part In contributing to a
much larger collection of data that is helping to Inform the future of publlc
health and primary care."
Charlotte Ebrie, Data IT manager, Sussex

What about GDPR

Due to the sensitive nature of the information we extract, being GDPR compliant is of critical importance.

Our IG structure is NHS Digital compliant and has been externally verified. If you require more in-depth information, get in touch.


Q, If we join the RCGP RSC, is it compulsory to take part in research studies?
No. You can opt in to take part in research. Any opportunities are advertised in a monthly newsletter.

Q . Is them a cost to the practice to Join the RCGP RSC?
No. The RCGP RSC covers all fees for data extraction set up at the practice, there is no cost to practices in the network.

Q. If we join the RCGP RSC, will our practice be paid?
Yes. Practices receive funding based on research activities. The dashboards also show how much you can earn in specific QOF or DES activity and help you maximise your revenue.

Q. The practice is very busy, does it take much time to set up?
No. The process has been designed to be as light-touch as possible for practices to enroll in the RCGP RSC. Our agreements can be completed electronically, and
data extraction is an automated process, so no additional administrative efforts are required at practice level.

Q. What is a Practice Dashboard? I've practised pretty well without one so far!
The Practice Dashboard is a graphical representation of your data showing you what is happening In your practices every day. It's highly valuable to see this and compare it with other anonymised practices to understand what you are doing well and where you might be able to manage your workload in a different way.

Q. Could this data be used to monitor what we are doing?
No. GDPR protects use of the data for any other purposes than those explicitly stated in the data sharing agreement. It is not possible to share identifiable data with CCGs, or NHS England. It is not possible for this Information to be used as part of performance management or any strategy to monitor your activity. It can only be used by practices to drive Quality improvement.

"We love being part of this network, the team is very friendly and always available to answer questions. The team is organised and makes the research
work simple to get involved in."
Meena Agrawal. Practice Manager, Warwickshire

NIHR  National Institute for Health Research
Urgent message about coronavirus (COVID-19)


Priority COVID-19 research

Research is a vital strand of the government's strategy to stop COVID-19. As COVID-19 is a new disease we need to find out as much as we can about it, as quickly as possible.

We can only answer questions about COVID-19 with research.

Not all research into COVID-19 is research into treatment, a diagnosis or a vaccine. Some research is studying the progress of COVID-19 so we can understand it better or look at the effects of social distancing on the spread of coronavirus or on people's well-being.

All types of research are important in helping us to understand and beat COVID-19. Find out how you can take part now by going to:

Are you experiencing increased anxiety or low mood due to COVID-19 or were already experiencing these symptoms and would like to be part of research?


We want to test MoodBuster, a guided website and app that uses the principles of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for self-management
of low mood.


  • Aged 18 or older
  • Have signs of low mood
  • Have both a computer and phone (Android or iPhone)
  • and have never been diagnosed with depression

Where and when?

You will take part in the study in your own time from the comfort of your home.

Contact us for more information

Diabetes My Way. Your home for online support

Diabetes My Way: Your home for online support

Welcome to Diabetes My Way! This website has been created for people with diabetes and those at risk living in Greater Manchester.

Through this website, you can register to gain secure access to your diabetes-related health records and receive tailored advice and information created by NHS experts in diabetes. You can also access lots of information about diabetes, from videos, leaflets and eLearning courses, to help you understand more about your diabetes and increase your confidence in how to manage it. 

If you are registered with a GP in Bury or a practice whose online services are run by Vision, you will be able to sign-up to Diabetes My Way in January, so please check back then. If your GP's online services are run by SystmOne, you won't be able to register at the moment, sorry.

Hospital Services

Find out what services are available in your borough by visiting the NHS Pennine Care website.

Nutrition and Dietetic Service

Community dietetic service that provides assessment and management of patients where improved diet and nutrition will improve or prevent a medical condition.


The podiatry service provides a range of podiatric assessments and treatments for problems with the foot and lower limb. The site provides a library of resources to help people look after their feet.

Community Services

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Support Groups

Oldham Diabetes Voluntary Support Group is run by people who have diabetes. We provide practical help, advice, and support to fellow sufferers, their families, friends, and carers.

Weight Management Service

The Trust’s Healthy Weight Team is part of the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Team and supports children and adults to prevent or reduce any weight gain in Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and the Pennines. The services provided are part of the Living Well Programme delivered by Big Life.

The team consists of registered dietitians, nutritionists, an active lifestyle advisor, and dietetic assistants. We have a range of programmes and courses designed to help families, adults, and children looking to achieve a healthier weight.

Physical Activity Groups

  • Picture of Health is produced by Tameside’s Population Health Team. Its goal is to find ways to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the people living in Tameside, to give them happier, healthier and longer lives.
  • For all of GM then have a look at the Greater Manchester Moving website.
  • The NHS Get Fit for Free includes details of local walking groups.

Stop Smoking

The Stop Smoking Service has helped local people to quit smoking for many years. 

They offer free, tailored support:

  • Individual sessions
  • Telephone and text message support
  • Access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other stop smoking aids
  • Tips and advice to support you on your journey to quit

To start your stop smoking journey contact the team on 0800 288 9008.

Have a look at the GM Health Hub website which has lots of great resources to support people across Greater Manchester to stop smoking.

Patient Involvement Groups

Want to be involved in shaping health & social care services in Oldham?

NHS Oldham CCG has adopted three key principles to guide our engagement work. They set out an ethical framework against which we invite our communities to judge our involvement activity against:

  • Accessibility, equitability and supporting involvement
  • Honesty, accountability and transparency
  • Responsive engagement with clear outcomes

Join our Health Huddle by visiting their website or by phone on 0161 622 6617. 

Support for Carers

Oldham Community Leisure offer the largest range of leisure facilities, gyms, and activities in Oldham

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