25 / 3 / 2013 Midnight
Dean Royles says guidance reinforces the fact that individual doctors have responsibilities to meet the standards of high quality care, ensure their skills are up to date, and provide care with compassion.
Responding to the General Medical Council's publication of the latest 'Good medical practice' today, Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
"The revision of this guidance is very timely.
"As the Government prepares to respond to the Francis report we can expect an emphasis on organisations and systems. This guidance reinforces the fact that individual doctors have responsibilities too to meet the standards of high quality care, ensure their skills are up to date, and provide care with compassion.
"Revalidation is about ensuring doctors are up to date with their skills and fitness to practise, in line with the standards expected in 'Good medical practice'. So it is important to ensure the guidance is fully up to date as well.
"It is good to see a section on the use of social media, as more and more staff and patients see the benefits of engaging in this way. I do hope that this revision will encourage more doctors to see the benefits of social media, rather than inhibit its use."