image1Lucy Pocock is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care and is on Twitter @drpoco

I have attended my fair share of journal clubs whilst a junior doctor in hospital jobs. However, as a GP trainee there has been little opportunity to read and discuss new and interesting research with peers. Whilst on maternity leave (looking for something to keep me entertained in the dead of night when I was feeding baby!), I discovered Twitter.

Initially I used it just to have a rant about the proposed changes to the junior doctors’ contract, but I began to see other, perhaps more educational, uses for it. I was introduced to the Geriatric Medicine Journal Club (@GeriMedJC) and the GIM Journal Club (@GIMJClub) and wondered if the same approach would work for primary care.

@GPJournalClub was born on 10th December 2015 and had over 100 followers in the first 24 hours; it seemed there was definitely an appetite! Thankfully, the nice folk at the BJGP have offered their support and so a blog about each month’s tweet chat will be hosted here, along with a link to the transcript of the chat afterwards. I hope that we can have a rotating chair each month, who will choose a recent, primary care related paper or guideline to discuss (please get in touch if you’re interested!).

The first tweet chat

Iliffe S, Kendrick D, Morris R, et al. Promoting physical activity in older people in general practice: ProAct65+ cluster randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract 2015;65(640):e731-8.

The first tweet chat will take place on Sunday 10th January at 8pm. I have chosen the first paper (http://bjgp.org/content/65/640/e731) and will be chairing the chat, along with Dr Liam Farrell from #irishmed. I have an interest in care of older people, so my choice reflects this.

I’m hoping that we can have a lively and engaging debate on Sunday, so please join us (search for #gpjc) and encourage all your colleagues to do the same.