Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development


e-Professionalism is the way you engage yourself online in relation to your profession, including your attitudes, actions and your adherence to relevant professional codes of conduct.

Professional bodies' guidelines

General Medical Council - Doctors’ use of social media

General Teaching Council for Scotland - Professional Guidance on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media (PDF)

Royal College of General Practitioners social media highway code

NHS Employers - Social Media Guidelines

Law Society Scotland - Social Media Guidance

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) - Social Media Policy

British Medical Association (BMA) - Social Media Guidance (PDF)

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) – Using social media (PDF)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)  

NHS employers – social media guidelines

NHS - using social media in leadership


Royal College of Nursing - how social media can help you revalidate (RCN)

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

RCN Use of digital technology

RCN: Getting started on Twitter

Digital Footprint and e-professionalism presentation (approx. 9 mins)

This short presentation provides information and useful advice on managing your digital footprint and e-professionalism. It includes information on professional bodies’ guidelines, key questions, and useful advice about being professional online.