The British Eating Disorders Society is using Workplace by Facebook to network UK professionals working in the field of eating disorders.

Initial feedback suggests this has great potential as a way to discuss clinical topics and research, share best practice and as an online meeting place to improve knowledge and care.

It will look familiar if you have used Facebook:

However it is NOT connected to personal Facebook and you use a professional email address to sign up.

You view using a web browser or an app. You can join professional groups such as “Dietitians” or “Paediatricians”, geographical groups such as “West Midlands ED Professionals”, special interest groups such as “All Age services” and you can make any group you like!

Groups can be set to:

  • “open” – anyone can view the discussion
  • “closed” – anyone can view the members of the group but not the discussion
  • “secret” – only visible to members of the group and site admin

We have already livestreamed a lecture by Prof Golden from Stanford University on Medical Management of Adolescent Eating Disorders and look forward to further online training and teaching events that members can interact with. These are then available to view afterwards – just go to the livestream channel.

To sign up complete the form here

You will then receive an email with a link to complete registration and set a password.

Most people have found it easiest to use the app on iOS or android smartphones or tablets. It stays logged in and you can set notifications to alert you to new posts, messages etc to your preference.

It is also easily accessed through a web browser but many NHS trusts and other organisations may not allow access. You can ask your IT department to unblock it but this can prove an obstacle.

When you first sign up it will send notifications via email for most activity on the site, however these are easily stopped by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email, or changing notification settings.

KEY POINTS

As with any type of social media on the internet, there is always the possibility of information being shared beyond your intended audience. Please keep all communication free of identifiable patient data and always be polite and respectful!

The goal is to create a mutually supportive community to improve knowledge and care in eating disorders. If you are concerned about anything it can be flagged by reporting to Admin and moderators can remove posts if necessary.

Please only share information and resources if they are open access or if you have the author’s permission.

Any problems, queries or suggestions please contact us using the form at the bottom of the breds.org.uk homepage

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