Communities of Practice Leadership Development Programme

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Deepening improvement knowledge and developing the leadership skills needed to convene a Community of Practice

Project overview

Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a passion for practice in health and care. They come together as peers in shared enquiry, learning from and with each other about what works, what doesn’t and why. They share promising practices and know-how in pursuit of improving practice where they work and across the system, deepening capability and capacity for greater improvements in patient care.

Since January 2019, the Health Innovation Network and the Q Network have been preparing healthcare providers nationwide to successfully convene and facilitate Communities of Practice.

The Health Foundation, Q Network and Health Innovation Network (HIN) launched the Communities of Practice Leadership Development Programme in 2019 with the purpose of supporting current and future conveners, empowering them to self-define and develop. The programme is strongly based on practical experience and builds on successful Communities of Practice currently hosted by the HIN and Q members, recognising the convener role as an essential and key skillset for the complex issues faced by the health and care professionals of today. This programme will open again in spring 2021.

This unique leadership programme is designed specifically for health and care professionals looking to develop collective leadership capability, who already have, or are planning to establish a CoP, where they can apply the learning from this programme. Participants are usually in a position to provide leadership through the community to support improvements in outcomes for patients, residents or service users. The programme is strongly based on practical experience and builds on successful CoPs currently hosted by the HIN and Q members. Participants can place the experience of their own CoPs at the centre of every module and contribute to workshop content based on their own needs.

The course is led by Cleo Butterworth, Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety, who has been leading her own Community of Practice since 2016 and is currently supporting a number of Communities of Practice at the Health Innovation Network.

Please note that applications have now closed for the current run of the programme.

For further information about the programme, please click here.

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By Kitty Grew