British Paediatric Surveillance Unit team

Formed in 1986, the BPSU is a activity supported by Public Health England, UCL Institute of Child Health and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The unit aims to:

  • facilitate research into uncommon childhood infections and disorders for the advancement of knowledge and to effect practical improvement in prevention, treatment and service planning
  • allow paediatricians to participate in surveillance of uncommon disorders and to lessen the burden on reporting doctors of such requests arising from numerous different sources
  • increase awareness within the medical profession and public of the less common disorders studied and respond rapidly to public health emergencies
  • collaborate with our link surveillance units in the UK and across the world.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7092 6173/74


About BPSU

Recent content


BPSU - 30th anniversary report (2016)

For over 30 years the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit has been facilitating research into childhood rare diseases and disorders. To mark this milestone and to celebrate the Unit's ongoing impact we published our 30 year anniversary report.
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BPSU study - Severe complications of enterovirus or human parechovirus infection

This BPSU study investigates severe complications of enterovirus (EV) or human parechovirus (HPeV). It is intended to improve our knowledge of the age-specific incidence, clinical presentation and management, as well describe the survival and rates of long-term complications of severe EV/HPeV infect...