The Primary Health Care Specialist Group (PHCSG) is a specialist group of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Founded in 1981 the PHCSG brings together all of the disciplines involved in primary care informatics and provides a two-way link between cutting edge development and grass roots practice.
Members include clinicians, managers, academics and suppliers with a good proportion of people working at the frontline in their respective areas.

Membership not only has a UK focus but we have a number of members from other parts of the world and have links with health informatics bodies in Europe, North America and Australasia.

The Group is concerned with the development and dissemination of best practice in primary care informatics, and seeks to influence policy makers to ensure the effective application of informatics for the benefit of patients. We seek to draw on the latest thinking in global informatics both from within and outside the healthcare sector and its extensive knowledge of past activities and current realities in UK primary care to provide practical advice for those responsible for the development and implementation of primary care informatics.

High Level Influence – we have members who sit on the BMA/RCGP Joint IT Committee and the General Practice Extraction Committee’s Independent Advisory Group.

We run an Annual conference each year with a number of smaller Special Interest Group meetings across the year.

Members of the Group network using the group ‘discuss list’ and via a number of Internet based discussion forums.

Over its history the Group has developed excellent links with other bodies and it provides its members with access and influence across its well developed networks.