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Social media at GMC

We are on several social media sites to help us raise awareness of our work and promote good medical practice. We hope to use these channels to further engage with doctors, patients and members of the public, and get views on our work.

Join us on

  • Twitter for regular news and information, including materials from our website and our other social media channels
  • Facebook and Google+ pages for information and updates on our activities
  • LinkedIn page to stay up to date with our activities
  • YouTube channel for information videos and interviews
  • Audioboo channel for podcasts
  • Slideshare for archive of presentations on current activities
  • Pinterest for infographics and visuals from GMC projects
  • Flickr account for photos from GMC events

We also publish a blog about medical professionalism and our work as the UK’s independent regulator of doctors.

We regularly host Twitter chats on our guidance. To join in, watch out for tweets announcing #GMCchat on future dates.

Please note that these websites are not controlled by the GMC and your use of these social media sites will be subject to each site’s terms and conditions. Please read their Privacy and Cookie notices carefully and check your personal settings where appropriate to ensure you are happy with how your information will be used by the social media site(s). We may use information from these sites, for example where you have liked or shared data on Facebook. However, we do not exercise any control over this technology.

What to expect from us on social media

Our organisational values underpin everything we do, and they are our guiding principles when engaging with others across our social media channels.

  • We share regular updates about our work across all our channels. This includes news, announcements, event updates, and information about good medical practice.
  • We share any relevant comments and suggestions across our networks and internally for information.
  • When you ‘like’ us on Facebook or ‘follow’ us on Twitter, we may not automatically do the same. Also, being ‘followed’ or ‘liked’ by us does not mean endorsement.
  • When you engage with us on social media you will be talking to a member of our media team, who will monitor and update our social media channels during normal office hours, Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays. They will identify themselves at the start of the day, in messages if space permits, and always if asked. 
  • We don’t normally discuss fitness to practice investigations and related issues through social media channels. Instead, we will ask you to email us concerns or questions relating to these matters.

Safety information

We want everyone to enjoy spending time on social media. In order to help this happen, we would ask you to show respect for others.

We reserve the right to reject messages or comments that include inappropriate or unrelated comments, content or links. In particular, we reserve the right to reject messages that include:

  • private information about individuals or organisations
  • abusive, hateful or discriminatory comments, content or links
  • insensitive, inappropriate or upsetting comments, content or links
  • allegations, and defamatory or insulting comments about named individuals or organisations
  • references to specific fitness to practise investigations, ongoing hearings or litigation, and any fitness to practise matters heard in private
  • anything which infringes or encourages infringement of the law, including the intellectual property or privacy rights of others
  • adverts or promotional material
  • comments that appear to be part of a concerted campaign or lobbying effort
  • comments from anonymous individuals.

Please abide by terms and conditions of the social media platform you are using at all times.

Doctors on social media

We expect doctors using social media to follow:

Contacting the GMC - complaints, concerns, and FOI requests

Please do not use social media to make complaints or request information covered by Data Protection Act 1998 or Freedom of Information Act 2000. Instead, please email us at gmc@gmc-uk.org or call us on +44 (0)161 923 6602.

If you post messages that cover matters requiring official communications, we will ask you to contact us through email or telephone and will respond appropriately.

If you want to make a complaint about a doctor or raise concerns about patient safety, please refer to our information about raising concerns.

If you want to make a complaint about the GMC or would like to request information covered by Data Protection Act 1998 or Freedom of Information Act 2000, please refer to the information about contacting us.