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Top tips for using social media

The following are some top tips for using social media in a way which meets our standards.

  • 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 information which could identify a service user unless you have their permission.
  • Do not post inappropriate or offensive material. Use your professional judgement in deciding whether to post or share something.
  • If you are employed, follow your employer’s social media policy.
  • When in doubt, get 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, do not post 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 you shouldn’t keep on using it with confidence.

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