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The term Circulation Foundation or 'us' or 'we' refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is [address]. Our company registration number is [company registration number and place of registration]. The term 'you' refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

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Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

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Social Media Policy

This social media policy, with specific regard to the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI) Twitter account, has been created mainly based on General Medical Council1 and British Medical Association2 guidance. The social policies of other medical and non-medical colleges and establishments have also been considered.

The aim of the VSGBI Twitter account is to maintain the promotion of vascular health by supporting and furthering excellence in education, training and scientific research. We aim to engage with all levels of medical and affiliated staff and organisations with an interest in progressing vascular surgical and interventional issues, and further develop national and international networks.

In general, we expect that conduct and comments justifies patients’ trust in us individually and as a profession. The standards expected of members, or followers, do not change as we are communicating through social media. We expect all comments and interactions to maintain high levels of professionalism and ethics and not compromise the image, interests, and/or reputation of the medical profession or the VSGBI.

Specifically, you must treat all colleagues fairly and with respect. This covers all forms of interaction and communication. You must not bully, harass, intimidate or make gratuitous, unsubstantiated or unsustainable comments about individuals online. This also applies to comments made regarding patients and other establishments/associations etc, where all comments must be fair and respectful. Defamation law can apply to any comments posted on the web made either in a personal or professional capacity.

Comments must not contain discriminatory or offensive language.

When communicating there is a legal and ethical duty to protect patient confidentiality and identifiable data, this applies equally within the social media setting.

All comments must be factual and hold the ability to be checked, and must not exploit patients’ vulnerability or lack of medical knowledge should they view the Twitter page.

We expect all comments to show respect to all other users with regard to privacy and topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory (such as religion or politics).

 

You must be aware that once information is published online it can be difficult to remove as other users may distribute it further or comment on it. You should also be aware that content uploaded anonymously can, in many cases, be traced back to its point of origin.

You should be open about any potential conflict of interests when posting online, this is an ethical obligation under GMC regulations. You must not promote any service or product for personal gain.

Only a few individuals will post under the ‘Vascular Society’ name and therefore other posts should not suggest they are speaking on behalf of the society.

If you are presenting an opinion that is contrary to the generally held opinion of the profession you must indicate so.

When interacting or commenting copyright laws must be observed.

We provide links to third party web sites including educational material, grants, courses, meetings etc. We neither control, nor are responsible for, any of the content, awards, processes etc. The views expressed in the links may not reflect the views of, or the practice endorsed by, the VSGBI. Some users may find the content disturbing as it shows detailed surgical procedures. If you access any of the third party sites linked to this site you do so entirely at your own risk.

Due to maintaining professional boundaries we may not accept applications to follow the site should they appear to be from individual patients or non-professional sources. Any concerns regarding acceptance of follower requests should be directed to the email address below.

The Executive and Council will not engage in live interviews regarding evolving vascular issues but will respond appropriately after being approached through the official VSGBI channels.

Although the VSGBI social media team will endeavour to ensure only appropriate people or organisations are accepted as followers, and inappropriate comments are not made or quickly removed. It may not always be possible and therefore we cannot be responsible for the comments of others made on our site. Any information or comments which are encountered that could be perceived as inappropriate can be reported using the below email address.

We will remove comments that we feel contravene our social media policy and will remove the follower, or organisation, that posted this material from our accepted list.

Any personal or corporate enquires, queries, requests, or problems regarding the VSGBI Twitter page should be emailed to socialmedia@vascularsociety.org.uk. Additionally requests for listing upcoming courses, awards, grants etc should also be directed to this address.

 

This policy may be updated at any time without notice and the new policy will govern usage with immediate effect.

This social media policy has been created by Mr N Bhasin, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, and approved by the VSGBI Executive and Council on 19th June 2013.

References

General Medical Council (2013). Good Medical Practice – Doctors’ use of social media London, GMC

British Medical Association (2011). Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students London, British Medical Association, 1st Edition

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