NHS Employers have highlighted three key reasons why effective use of social media supports high quality patient care:
- Social media is used increasingly by patients to help them understand the growing number of healthcare choices and the quality of services available to them. The NHS should be helping patients find the right information online.
- It allows the NHS to understand emerging developments among staff or patients more quickly and in more detail, including any concerns about the quality of care, so that services can be improved.
- It supports stronger engagement between staff, employers and the public, which patients say improves the quality of care.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust supports the appropriate use of social media, to achieve the benefits outlined above. The Trust uses a range of social media platforms, managed by the Communications & Involvement Team, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn to engage with different audiences, share the Trust's latest news stories and events and keep involved with the community it serves.
The Trust’s main corporate social media accounts are:
To find out more about our social media presence, please visit our Twitter section and Facebook section.