Using social media as a medical professional

This guidance can help you to apply your professional judgement in key areas such as: 

  • considering the impact that content you share may have on patient behaviour and attitudes towards health, healthcare services, and other medical professionals
  • being honest and trustworthy in online communications, and being open about any interests you have that may influence the recommendations that you make
  • behaving professionally, maintaining boundaries and respecting patient confidentiality, privacy and dignity when using social media.
This guidance came into effect on 30 January 2024.

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