Top tips on tweeting and advice on avoiding making a faux pas on Facebook are available to members in a CSP resource, Social Media Guidance.
The guidance explains how social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, video sharing sites such as YouTube and Flickr, and blogging sites are becoming increasingly popular, and important.
Because of the potential pitfalls associated with the use of social media, such as risks to reputation, professional standing and employment prospects, the society is encouraging members to become familiar with how different social media sites work, including appropriate privacy levels.
The new guidance includes advice on tweeting responsibly in the name of the CSP, using social media effectively and responsibly, how employers may use and react to the use of social media, and the legal, regulatory and professional considerations which apply to healthcare professionals.
CSP campaigns and communications director Lynne Stockbridge said: ‘Social media offers many benefits and also challenges for health professionals – as it can blur the boundaries between professional and social life.
That is why the CSP has developed this guidance; to help members embrace social media and to use it effectively and responsibly.’
The guidance is available at: www.csp.org.uk/socialmediaguidance
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