Health professionals have social media responsibilities

Please think before you post

Published: 18 May 2020 Professionalism

Social media has come into its own during the Covid-19 pandemic as a tool to inform, encourage, inspire, congratulate, and commiserate.

The Society encourages members to comment online and recognises the value of interpersonal communications. 

When used responsibly, social media can enhance our learning and the feeling of belonging in radiography and the wider healthcare community.

There are a growing number of platforms. The use of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter create networking opportunities and help us to raise the profile of our profession.

Of course, social media has its infamous pitfalls and these are widely reported. Radiographers have responsibilities online and the Society is aware that members may, sometimes inadvertently, fall short of the standards expected of a registered healthcare professional.

Please remember the requirements of our regulatory and professional bodies.

This is a timely opportunity to re-read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on social media and the SCoR SoMeRAD: Guidance for the radiography workforce on the professional use of Social Media.

The HCPC have case studies that demonstrate the positive and negative effects social media can have on a registrant’s practice.

Let’s keep ourselves, our colleagues, and our patients safe.