Communities of Practice

Supporting and nurturing Communities of Practice (CoP) to share learning and bring about change for the better.

Project overview

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, who come together to voluntarily explore how to bring about change for the better. They do this by focussing on patient areas affecting our member organisations. The work of these self-selecting communities will have a real impact on patient experience and outcomes.

Health Innovation Network hosts a variety of dynamic Patient Safety-focussed Communities of Practice (CoP). Our vision is to drive such improvements across south London and to spread the innovation, ideas and best practices arising from our CoPs on a national or even international scale for maximum impact. To find out more about Communities of Practice, download our brochure.

“On a wider scale our Community of Practice has helped to enhance the patient voice as it has enabled us to discuss ideas, issues and priorities that would be difficult to find the space for in any other setting.”Jannike Nordlund, Patient and Public Involvement Lead, South East London Cancer Alliance CoP evaluation report
Bringing together colleagues from across diabetes and maternity services, the Diabetes in Pregnancy CoP is a self- governing collaborative network designed to improve care and services for women and babies affected by diabetes in pregnancy. Explore more on this project.

Find out more about our Communities of Practice leadership development programme here.

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Key achievements

South East London Cancer Alliance CoPs

  • Across the four original SEL Cancer Alliance CoPs we’ve had over 250 participants representing varied organisations, roles and patient demographics to support collaborative work. Since beginning our collaboration with the SELCA we have supported colleagues to develop five additional Communities of Practices, to support the alliance’s early diagnosis of cancer ambitions across Primary Care Networks.

Diabetes in Pregnancy CoP

  • Four out of seven trusts in south London have adopted GDm-Health to support the remote management of gestational diabetes The remaining three trusts in progress.
  • Further information can be found here.

By Simon Ellery

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