Ensure you are following the rules of your registered body
Whether this is the BDA, AfN, Nutrition Society or other professional body, they will all have a code of conduct that you must follow when you are a registered professional.(2,3) They will have information and guidance on using social media as a registered member and may also check up on your social media account to make sure that you are following the rules.(4,5) It is also important to be clear with your followers about your level of registration, as this will allow them to be more educated when deciding where to get their health information from online.
Advice shouldn’t be individual or specific
There will be a high number of users who not only follow but view your account, so you have to be clear with them that you can’t give individual advice or information. The information you share has to be general, targeted at the whole population. There will be a number of users, with a wide range of circumstances looking for advice, but this can only be given when you can communicate with them personally in a suitable environment, when you are able to understand their individual needs. If there are users who have specific health conditions or needs, you should signpost them to their healthcare professional for personal advice.