If you work as a doctor, nurse, surgeon, teacher etc. – please check if there are guidelines on using social media in your profession.
Some common misunderstandings include:
- what you and others say online – stays online – even in personal spaces!
- if content is deleted it cannot be recovered (it does live on a server somewhere, or has already been shared/retweeted/posted)
- even if you think you are not naming an individual e.g. a patient/client, if there is any identifiable information – this is still a breach of confidentiality
New! Code of conduct – Nursing and Midwifery Council (31 March 2015)
- Royal College of Nursing
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- General Medical Council – Doctors’ use of social media (PDF)
- General Teaching Council for Scotland – Professional Guidance on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media (PDF)
- Royal College of General Practitioners social media highway code
- NHS Employers – Social Media Guidelines
- Law Society Scotland – Social Media Guidance
- List of guidelines can also be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint
- Careers Service: Using Social Media