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This Good Practice Points factsheet, authored by Barbara Potter, Professional Advisor for the Health Visitors Community of Practice Evidence Hub, Institute of Health Visiting and Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England and Associate Lecturer, Open University, sets out what health visitors need to know about Safe Practice on Social Networking Sites.

The use of social media (SoMe) such as Twitter and Facebook is very common in healthcare. The Department of Health accepts SoMe, in particular Twitter, as an established form of communication across health organisations. It has become a very useful way of sharing information from practice, education, services development and innovations in patient care.  This GPP provides up-to-date evidence and references.