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30-04-2007, 11:37 PM
Board Policies
This forum welcomes all healthcare professionals who are interested in Practice Management. The main purpose of this forum is to provide a place for practice managers, administrators, PCT staff, GPs and locums to gather, discuss and help each other. The forum is for the exchanging of ideas and thoughts and for the solving of problems. It can provide a means of reducing the stress and frustration that appears from time-to-time in the workplace. Practically- it provides a means to exchange policies and protocols.
All email account information is masked on this board and all information is kept confidential.

N.B.: If you find any post or topic in which any rules here are being broken, please report the offending content to a member of staff as soon as possible.

1. Posting:

1.1. This is a website about GP Practice Management. You don’t have to be an expert to use the forum, and members are encouraged to help new and inexperienced PMs.
1.2. Search the forums before you post your topic. Your question or comment may have already been discussed, answered, or resolved.
1.3. Create a concise subject that adequately summarizes your topic. For example “ IM&T DES Data Recovery Problem” is much more informative than "Help me find this".
1.4. Double-posting (or cross-posting) the same post (or similar posts) in different forums will cause confusion and most likely reduce chances or receiving a valid resolution for the topic. Try and stick to the right forum for your posts and new threads, though the moderators will help by adjusting awkwardly placed threads when one is found.
1.5. "Bumping" or replying to your own posts or older topics is frowned upon - only post in old topics or reply to your own posts if it furthers the topic of discussion, and the post's content warrants the topic being revived. For example, reviving a month-old topic to inform the author of your appreciation is frowned upon - send them a private message; reviving a month-old topic to inform other members that you have found a solution to the problem being discussed, however, is acceptable.
1.6. Be patient. All the users of this forum are using the forum and participating in discussions in their own time.
1.7. Help others. This forum is a community, and works best when people share information and assist one another to the best of their abilities.
1.8. Use coherent English, where possible.
1.9. Be constructive. NOTE: If there is a pinned topic in a forum, read it - it contains important information pertaining to that particular forum.

2. Signatures:
Forum signature sizes should remain decent sized and be thoughtful of other members; a maximum size for signatures should be 450x100px. Large signatures slow forum load times for modem users. These sizes are not interchangeable, i.e. all signatures must be less than 450 pixels wide, and less than 100 pixels high, including all text and images. Further to this, the combined size of all images in signatures may be no more than 50KB. If any signature is found to impinge on these rules, we will remove said signature and replace it with a message regarding it's removal.

3. Board Policies and Disclaimer:

There is probably no need to state the following, as all members are professionals working in the NHS. However, the information has to be stated.
3.1. Action: Posting hateful, insulting, or threatening comments to another member via any means.
Result: Instant ban.
3.2Action: Pirated software, pornography of any kind or copyrighted content will NOT be allowed.
Result: Post will be deleted or have the offending content removed.
3.3 Action Don’t make posts that are inflammatory just to upset people, receive attention, or cause controversy.
Result: Post will either be locked or deleted depending on the severity.
4.5. Action: Flaming is not welcome here. Criticize ideas, not people. No members or moderators are allowed to engage in public personal attacks on any other member or Moderator. Personal attacks are defined as Personal, Racial, Ethnic, and/or Gender based insults, slurs, or derisive comments or actions. Using vulgarity just for the shock factor is frowned upon.
Result: Post will be deleted or have the offending content removed.
4.6. Action: Political and Religious Topics. There are many other forums specifically for political and religious debates, this is not one of them. GPManagement is an healthcare professional community and, as such, because these types of posts usually result in heated debates and flaming, they should be avoided.
Result: Threads are closed and/or removed.
4.7. Action: Spam. GPManagement does not allow commercial-oriented posts, links in signatures for commercial purposes, or flooding with useless content.
Result: Offending content removed.
4.8. Action: Distribution of copyright material without permission.
Result: Offending content removed.
4.9. Action: Disputing decisions made by Admins or moderators publicly.
Result: Threads are closed and/or removed.
General Rules:
4.11. Sexually offensive, sexually explicit material is not allowed.
4.12. Respect the privacy of others. Do not post otherīs phone numbers, addresses, pictures, etc., without their permission.
4.13. Blatant advertising is not tolerated.
Further to the above, the following action will be taken on any infringement of the rules, depending on the severity of the action, and is at the discretion of the staff