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HCPC launches online workshop to inform new social media guidance

14/04/2016 - 10:06

Online workshop to inform new social media guidance launches on 10 May

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is launching an online workshop on 10 May 2016 inviting registrants and stakeholders to share their views on what should be included in our draft social media guidance.

Participants will be able to respond to questions until 24 May about the use of social media and networking websites and also have the opportunity to input their ideas and opinions as to what should be included within the guidance.  

The feedback from the online workshop will help the HCPC to produce a draft document that presents clear guidelines and advice for registrants using social media and networking websites which will then go out to public consultation. 

The development of guidance on use of social media and networking websites follows an increasing number of HCPC registrants using these platforms for communication. Whilst recognised as an effective tool in a professional setting where users can engage in dialogue with other professionals to aid learning and development, it can also present a number of challenges. For example, some registrants are seeking clarification about how the use of social media and networking websites interacts with our Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“A large number of our registrants are now using social media and networking websites in both their personal and professional lives. Registrants have told us these platforms can bring great benefits but also some challenges. As a result of these conversations we intend to produce social media guidance to give advice to our registrants who want to operate more confidently in this area whilst meeting the standards we set.

“The online workshop is a unique opportunity to take part in shaping the development of our social media guidance as we believe our registrants and stakeholders know best as to what should be included.”

To participate in the online workshop, visit from 10 May 2016.


For further press information, please contact Rebekah Tailor or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

Notes to Editors:

1. The online workshop will run from 10 May to 24 May 2016. To get involved:

• Go to;
• Complete a short questionnaire;
• Join the online conversation.

All contributions will be anonymised.

2. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

3. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

4. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

5. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search the Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Rebekah Tailor
(0)20 7840 9806

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