The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on new guidance on social media for registrants.
Registrants are increasingly using social media as a personal and professional communication tool. This guidance has been created in response to feedback that professionals would value published guidance from us which provides reassurance and the confidence that they are meeting expected standards when using social media.
The guidance has been drafted using feedback from an online workshop. This identified the areas that should be addressed by the new guidance and participants were asked to comment on the challenges and value of using social media as well as offering top social media tips – dos and don’ts.
Focusing on the ethical aspects of social media use, our draft guidance provides advice about meeting our Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. It also acknowledges the value of social media as a dynamic and effective communication tool and sets out how we expect registrants to apply our standards when using social media in different contexts. The proposed guidance is also complementary to any guidance produced by the professional bodies.
Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:
“The vast majority of registrants who use social media already do so responsibly, in line with our standards, and without any difficulties at all. However we know that registrants can sometimes be anxious about using social media because they want to make sure that they always meet our standards. The guidance, therefore, explains what our standards mean and how we expect registrants to apply them.
We would encourage our registrants, service users, carers, education providers and anyone with an interest to respond with their views on the draft guidance.”
Opening on Monday 3 October, the consultation will run to 13 January 2017. HCPC will then publish a document which summarises the comments received and explains the decisions taken as a result.
To take part in the consultation, complete our online survey, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Consultation on guidance on social media, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.