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Corporate Use of Social Media

This policy relates to the professional use of social media within NHSGGC. It includes all such use whether on a network PC or on an employee’s own device.

‘Social media’ refers to websites and networks where users share photos, videos, opinions, or reviews. Blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are all examples of social media. There is growing evidence that social media offers opportunities for us to engage with patients and communities.
The misuse of social networks carries significant reputational, technical and legal risks. This policy is to provide clear advice and guidance to employees on the use of social media in a professional capacity.

The policy sets out a process for the limited and authorised use of social media for professional purposes. This is to allow the organisation to realise the benefits of social media whilst ensuring we assess and manage the risks.

Top Tips on using the Corporate Use of Social Media Policy

  • This policy applies to all employees of NHSGGC. Full-time or part-time, on permanent contracts, fixed-term or bank (as and when required) contracts.
  • It covers the professional use of social media within NHSGGC. It does not cover what you discuss, comment on or publish in your own time on your own personal profile. The policy on personal use of social media covers personal use.
  • Any information published online is accessible around the world within seconds. It will be available to the public for a long time. This makes it important to stick to the common principles shared across all forms of social media.
  • The policy of NHSGGC is that social media is only to be used for business purposes if authorised. General access to social networking sites is not permitted on the NHSGGC network. Access to these sites will be blocked unless authorisation is granted.

 

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