The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has recently published a guidance on social media use by healthcare professionals. The guidance, applicable to social workers, paramedics and other healthcare professionals registered with the regulator, includes useful tips on using social media in a way which meets HCPC standards. The guidance states professionals should ensure they communicate appropriately on social media, and be honest and trustworthy.
The top tips listed by the guidance are:
- Think before you post
- Think about who can see what you share
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries
- Do not post information which could identify a service user unless you have their permission
- Do not post inappropriate or offensive material
- If you are employed, follow your employer’s social media policy
- When in doubt, get advice
As well as top tips on how professionals should approach using social media in a way that prevents them being referred for misconduct, the regulator also published case studies of positive and negative uses of social media.