The latest newsletter from the HCPC arrived today. I quite liked the advice on the use of social media. I’ve taken the liberty of copying (verbatim) the advice from the HCPC website:
- Think before you post. Assume that what you post could be shared and read by anyone.
- Think about who can see what you share and manage your privacy settings accordingly. Remember that privacy settings cannot guarantee that something you post will not be publicly visible.
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries if you communicate with colleagues, service users or carers.
- Do not post confidential or service user identifiable information.
- Do not post inappropriate or offensive material. Use your professional judgement about whether something you share falls below the professional standards expected of you.
- If you are employed, you will also need to ensure you follow your employer’s social media policy.
- When in doubt, seek advice. Appropriate sources might include experienced colleagues, trade unions and professional bodies. You can also contact us if you are unsure about our standards. If you think something could be inappropriate or offensive, refrain from posting it.
- Keep on posting! We know that many registrants find using social media beneficial and do so without any issues. There’s no reason why registrants shouldn’t keep on using it with confidence.