Social media for psychiatrists

Professor Wendy Burn, Benjamin Janaway, Suhana Ahmed

75 minutes


July 2023

Congress webinar 2023


This session will provide an overview of how psychiatrists use social media. It will cover the types of social media, concentrating on Twitter as this is the one the speakers are most familiar with. There will be an introduction for those who are not experienced social media users. Guidance will be covered with particular reference to that produced by the GMC. There will be a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of social media and how psychiatrists can maintain boundaries while using it. The speakers will draw widely on their personal experiences, both positive and negative. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end with an opportunity to book a one-to-one session for anyone who wants help in joining Twitter and starting to use it.

This session will help you:

- To understand the main types of social media and their use

- To be aware of the guidance for doctors on use of social media particularly that provided by the GMC

- To understand how to set boundaries when using social media

- To be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using social media as a psychiatrist


Chair: Professor Wendy Burn, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Leeds, Chair of Public Engagement Editorial Board, RCPsych, United Kingdom

Benjamin Janaway, East London Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Professor Wendy Burn, Chair of Public Engagement Editorial Board, RCPsych, United Kingdom

Suhana Ahmed, Clinical Director Older People’s Mental health Services, West London NHS Trust, RCPsych London Division Chair, United Kingdom

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