New updated GDC social media guidance

30 Jun 2016

New guidance issued by the General Dental Council on the use of social media is now available.

Click here to access the guidance.

Commenting on the importance of the guidance, Clare Chapman, healthcare partner at BLM said: "With ever increasing reliance on and use of social media, new guidance from the GDC is welcomed and reinforces the need to ensure professional and responsible behaviour both on and offline.

"The guidance states that registrants must maintain and protect information, maintain appropriate boundaries and comply with employer policies concerning social media and use of the internet. It also reminds registrants of the need to ensure that information and personal views are not posted that may damage public confidence in the registrant as a dental professional.

"Registrants are reminded to "think carefully" before accepting friend requests from patients. We query whether this goes far enough given the increasing number of regulatory referrals and investigations which centre upon the alleged misuse of social media.

"The GDC’s use of "you must" through the Guidance suggests an over-riding duty to comply. Non-compliance with the guidance risks a referral and possible investigation. This is certainly important and timely guidance."

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to customers of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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