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NB: aspects of this explanation are taken from WikiHow
When registering with Critical Care Reviews we collect some basic information about you. This is required to send the weekly newsletter and inform us about the clinicians using this site so we can best tailor our services to your requirements. For those registering for the annual Critical Care Reviews Meeting, further professional information is required, including grade, speciality, and hospital and GMC/Registration number. This information is necessary for CPD accreditation and also to inform future editions of the meeting. For those ordering print copies of the annual Critical Care Reviews Book, we also require an address to send this to. The weekly newsletter records various usage data allowing us to determine the efficiency of the newsletter and the links contained within.
Your information is used to send the weekly newsletter and annual book, and inform the design and contents of the various components of the Critical Care Reviews platform.
The weekly newsletter is sent via ElasticEmail, a standard commercial emailing facility, who have access to your email address for this purpose only. Payments for the annual meeting and book are handled by Stripe. The meeting is accredited by the Royal College of Anaesthetists who may request the delegate log for the meeting. The meeting sponsors receive a list of delegates attending the meeting, including name, grade, speciality, hospital and country. This is standard at medical conferences and ensures the sponsors are targeting the audience appropriate to their requirements.
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The UK General Medical Council has a guideline on social media use for doctors, much of which is also appropriate for other healthcare providers. This advice is useful for all regardless of location. The entire document can be read here. However, some of the most pertinent points are listed below:
The standards expected of doctors do not change because they are communicating through social media rather than face to face or through other traditional media.
Once information is published online it can be difficult to remove as other users may distribute it further or comment on it.
Although individual pieces of information may not breach confidentiality on their own, the sum of published information online could be enough to identify a patient or someone close to them.
Doctors must treat colleagues fairly and with respect. This covers all situations and all forms of interaction and communication. You must not bully, harass or make gratuitous, unsubstantiated or unsustainable comments about individuals online.
When interacting with or commenting about individuals or organisations online, you should be aware that postings online are subject to the same laws of copyright and defamation as written or verbal communications, whether they are made in a personal or professional capacity.
If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to represent the views of the profession more widely.
When you post material online, you should be open about any conflict of interest and declare any financial or commercial interests in healthcare organisations or pharmaceutical and biomedical companies.
Please comment on the topic at-hand and help keep the thread focussed.
Posts containing links to external sites will not be published unless they are directly relevant and advance the discussion.