1.”Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis”
Reference from: Wenger, E., McDermott, R. & Snyder, W.M. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press, p.4
2. A community of practice (CoP) shares a specific interest that becomes a source of identification. This identity creates a sense of commitment to the community as a whole, not merely connections to a few linking nodes.
A CoP is about creating a ‘doing and learning environment’ for a network of individuals with common problems or interests who get together to:
- Explore ways of working
- Identify common solutions
- Share good practice and ideas
Typically they pool resources related to a specific area of knowledge to support more efficient and more effective practices.
Reference from NHS Scotland – Quality Improvement Hub – Communities of Practice
View the DH Knowledge Management Framework – e-learning on Communities of Practice
Collaboration – KM Postcard from NHS Digital
Read Enabling Change through Communities of Practice learning paper by National Voices for more information on CoPs and practical advice