Always use up to date images. Pictures of clinical scenarios or patient interactions must meet uniform/dress and infection control standards. Anyone appearing in an image must have given their consent.
We recommend that you use images from www.nhsscotlandphotolibrary.org. These are available free to NHS staff in Scotland. Sign up using your ggc email address.
Avoid images sourced via Google, Flickr or other websites unless you have obtained specific written approval to use the image for the purposes agreed.
Ensure all images to are 72dpi, no more than around 700 pixels wide with a reasonable proportional height. Images that are being linked to for downloading purposes can be a higher resolution but not greater than 300dpi and can be larger in height/width. To be compatible with all browsers, including older versions of IE, images should be saved in a RGB colour format, not CMYK. Ownership / Copyright You must have the legal right to use the picture. Pictures in www.nhsscotlandphotolibrary.org are cleared for use on www.nhsggc.org.uk and staffnet.
If you cannot find a suitable image you need to make sure any substitutes are:
Pay attention to surroundings and background as well the main subject of the image. Images should show a positive, realistic aspect of NHS care, staff and facilities. Do not use pictures with litter, uncollected laundry, untidy magazine piles, unattended cleaning or maintenance equipment in the background. Avoid or remove patient identifiable information on computer screens, whiteboard or written/printed notes.
If you need advice on model consent, taking or commissioning photos please contact [email protected]