Primary Care Discussion Board
Guidelines for use
The discussion board is intended for pharmacists
working within PCTs. Only those who register have
access to messages sent to the list. Despite this,
please think before you send messages. Although
most messages will not be contentious, some may
expose the author, or others, to risk. Bear in mind
the risk of breaches of confidentiality or copyright,
and of the (remote) possibility that other list
members may seek to profit from the content of the
messages posted on the discussion board. Take care
not to make potentially defamatory statements about
either persons or products. Once you have posted
a message to the discussion board, it cannot be
said that, the restricted nature of the discussion
board does encourage members to share freely their
thoughts, ideas, experience and advice, and this
is what makes it valuable.
discussion board protocol
follow this simple guidance. Some of the points
may seem nit-picking, but they’re all intended
to keep the discussion board functioning smoothly
and easily for all its users.
It is good practice to check the message archive
on the web page before sending a message to the
list so that you don’t duplicate previous
Don’t type the message in capital letters,
this is the web equivalent of shouting.
Always put a relevant title in the subject box.
Do not use unhelpful titles such as ‘A Friday
afternoon question’. Make sure that the spelling
of drug names, etc is correct.
If you are replying to a message, use the reply
button as opposed to starting a new message.
To reduce mail traffic please don’t post “me
too” messages. If you want to thank people
for their help, e-mail them directly. Don’t
reply to messages asking, for example, whether anyone
is using product X by saying no, unless you give
a reason as to why you are not using product X.
If your question is going to elicit a series of
yes/no answers, consider asking people to reply
directly to yourself and collating the results in
a further message.
We will not carry adverts for products or services.
We will not generally carry adverts for jobs, but
may make exceptions e.g. for charities or unusual
jobs that members might not otherwise see. The onus
is on the potential advertiser to persuade the list
owners that it is reasonable to post the advert.
junk mail, etc
someone sends a message that seems in questionable
taste or of dubious relevance to the list, contact
the list owners at ( email@example.com
). Do not send a complaint or comment to the whole
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