Syndromic Surveillance is the real-time (or near real-time) collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of health-related data to enable the early identification of the impact (or absence of impact) of potential human or veterinary public-health threats which require effective public health action.
The Public Health England (PHE) Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team (ReSST) co-ordinate several national syndromic systems and produce routine syndromic surveillance bulletins and reports. Further information on each of these systems, and the latest available surveillance data are available on these web pages.
Latest Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team Publications
The ReSST have produced a brief summary of the statistical methods used during routine daily syndromic surveillance. These statistical methods help identify unusual increases or spikes in activity and whether activity is higher than seen in previous years: ReSST Description of statistical methods (PDF, 148 KB)
Morbey RA, Elliot AJ, Charlett A, Andrews N, Verlander NQ, Ibbotson S, Smith GE. Development and refinement of new statistical methods for enhanced syndromic surveillance during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Health Informatics J. 2014; 1460458213517577 [Epub ahead of print].
Elliot AJ, Hughes HE, Hughes TC, Locker TE, Brown R, Sarran C, Clewlow Y, Murray V, Bone A, Catchpole M, McCloskey B, Smith GE. The impact of thunderstorm asthma on emergency department attendances across London during July 2013. Emerg Med J. 2013; doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203122.
Morbey RA, Elliot AJ, Charlett A, Ibbotson S, Verlander NQ, Leach S, Hall I, Barrass I, Catchpole M, McClosekey B, Said B, Walsh A, Pebody R, Smith GE. Using public health scenarios to predict the utility of a national syndromic surveillance programme during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Epidemiol. Infect. 2013; 10.1017/SO95026881300188X.
Elliot AJ, Morbey RA, Hughes HE, Harcourt SE, Smith S, Loveridge P, Edeghere O, Ibbotson S, McCloskey B, Catchpole M, Smith GE. Syndromic surveillance - a public health legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Public Health. 2013;127(8):777-81.
Lackenby A, Elliot AJ, Powers C, Andrews N, Ellis J, Bermingham A, Thompson C, Galiano M, Large S, Durnall H, Fleming D, Smith G, Zambon M. Virological self-sampling to monitor influenza antiviral susceptibility in a community cohort. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013;68(10):2324-31.
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