Our approach to blogging, tweeting and protecting privacy


We want Cambridge Health Network (CHN) events to be constructive, challenging and useful to our members. We equally want to protect privacy so members can be outspoken and ask the questions they really want answers to.

At the same time, we do want to be able to publicise what is said via our website so people who didn’t attend can get a flavour of what they missed.

To ensure we meet these aims at all future CHN events, we are publishing the following guidelines, which we hope members will respect and stick to:

1. The Chatham House Rule.

The rule states:

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

We intend to be pragmatic as to our use of the Rule depending on the topic and the wishes of our speakers but there is likely to be one of three options at each meeting:

  1. No part of the meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule.
  2. The speeches and the Q&A/following discussion are held under the Chatham House Rule.
  3. The speeches are not held under the Chatham House Rule, but the discussion is.

Penny or Pam will be explicit at the start of each meeting and/or in e-mail invites as to which option we consider appropriate.

The speaker slides and where possible a video of the speeches will be published on the CHN website after each event, www.cambridgehealthnetwork.com, unless we have an explicit request from the speaker not to do so.

2. Blogging

At each CHN meeting we intend to appoint a ‘guest blogger’ who we will ask to write about the meeting and also add their own editorial comment.  We will publish these on the CHN website as well as encouraging the blogger to republish via their own sites.

We may have to get approval from the speakers depending on the content of the blogs.  We will discuss with the blogger what can and cannot be reported as per the policy above.

[In any case it is unlikely that members asking questions will be identified personally, but the theme of the questions and the content in the answer may be.]

If you would like to be a guest blogger please contact us via info@cambridgehealthnetwork.com.

If you are not our ‘official guest blogger’ we still welcome other write-ups of the event, do let us know what you have published.  Please be respectful of the spirit in which the event is held.

3. Tweeting

We do encourage members to tweet during CHN events.  It would be great if everyone did this under a unified hashtag (#CamHN) so we can see what attendees and members have to say.  There are no hard and fast rules as to what you can and cannot tweet although again we would ask you to respect the spirit in which the event is being held and ‘think before you tweet.’

Not everyone will want to be identified or have what he or she says broadcast in the public domain.  However, again, broad topics and themes can be tweeted.  Anyone with concerns should perhaps tweet the speeches and be more circumspect during the discussions.

We hope members will find these guidelines helpful.  If you have any other suggestions do let us know via info@cambridgehealthnetwork.com.

Last updated: November 2012