This post outlines popular and useful Facebook groups for GPs and primary care.
I often get asked about the variety of groups that exist in Facebook to support GPs and primary care staff. This post covers the more common and popular ones. As a disclaimer- I have not joined every group that
To watch the video of the best Facebook groups for GPs and primary care click the image below.
It is important to remember that for safety reasons many of these groups are ‘closed’. This means you will have to apply to join and then be approved by an administrator. The majority of these groups will often have questions for you to answer before the administrator will let you in, so if you do apply, make sure you answer or it is unlikely that you will be allowed entry.
Also read to the end for tips on how to get more out of a group.
Shall we begin?
First up is my own eGPlearning group. I created this group to support GPs and those working in general practice to support technology-enhanced primary care and learning. Many of the resources and tools you find on this site are shared, discovered and discussed in this group, so do consider joining.
Support GP groups
GP Survival is a campaign F
It is NOT a union or for clinical case discussion. The group is closed and only allows admission to
DOI: I am an admin of this group.
Resilient GP is a large group (over 12000 members) designed for all of
This is a closed group that allows all members of primary care after verification. Clinical case discussion is not allowed.
It can easily be argued that Tiko’s GP group was the first proper Facebook GP group. Created by Kartik Modha of
Tea and empathy is a movement that was created to support doctors without judgement. Since then it has spread to many regional groups of support and some by type of clinician. To find the most suitable for you it is best to search ‘Tea and empathy’ in Facebook or check out this open group. Be warned this group is open to the public.
Tech GP groups
S1 FBUG is designed to unofficially support the users of SystmOne in clinical practice. With over 700 members it is a diverse community which offers quick answers to getting the most out of one of the main clinical systems in the UK. Similar groups do exist for other systems like EMIS and Vision.
DOI- Group is owned and moderated by me. Please answer the compulsory questions if applying to join.
In addition, a useful adjunct group if you use SystmOne is the Ardens group which supports the users of
For the tech-happy GPs and primary care workers. You may want to consider joining one of the various groups that can support your interests. The GP Technology group is a small group of about 200 members who are interested in creating and
Finally, for social media docs like me, a really supportive group that I have learned a lot from is the Doctors on Social Media group, and for budding podcasters try the Physician Podcasting Network. Both are
All these groups are closed so apply and answer any questions to be given entry.
There is a raft of other groups you may want to consider.
Groups of groups
The New, Established and Retired Partners group is for- as it sounds partners in general practices with a wealth of useful advice and resources. Melissa and
The GP Trainers Forum is designed to support GP trainers. This group has a strict no trainee rule and provides useful tips for established and new trainers and sharing of resources. For trainees, the best resource I can recommend is joining Arora Meded. A really useful group with lost of short learning tools and resources to help you pass your exams by
If you are after more of the organisation/ political groups then the Political Mess is one to consider about the wider impact of the NHS. This has taken over from the Junior Doctors group created during the junior doctor movement. I don’t tend to engage much with these now given less of a focus on primary care, but they are sizeable groups with 24k and 54k members at the time of writing. The RCGP does not have an official facebook group but the OpenRCGP was created by its members and can provide a useful sounding board for members. There are many regional RCGP groups so these may be more useful searching for based on your area.
Getting the best out of Facebook Groups for GPs.
Facebook has a habit of changing its algorithm. At present if you want to get the most from a group you have an interest in follow these simple steps.
- Apply for groups you have an interest in only. Joining lots of groups may develop information overload and Facebook will
prioritiseyou to groups it thinks you want.
- After joining the group change the notification settings. You can watch this video on how to do this for both pages and groups (or see black arrow on image)
- Most groups will have a files section that is worth exploring for historic resources. It may also answer any questions you may have. See the blue arrow
- If you have a particular question it is always worth searching first to prevent repetition being a frustration by the group. Use the search box as per the red arrow.
5. Have fun and engage 🙂
I hope this post has provided you with some value on the various Facebook groups for GPs.