TRACS WA held a focus-group consultation with a range of clinical leaders, floating a new concept of co-designed Communities of Practice (CoPs).
This new model is designed to facilitate more community-centric and sustainable CoPs, where the discussion, learning and networking continues beyond the CoP events themselves. Participants discussed a model where engaged clinicians would work closely with TRACS WA to construct a well targeted, sustainable CoP that would be closely matched to the needs of the clinicians and their patients, utilising face-to-face engagement, video conferencing and online pathways to host discussion.
Discussions focused around some of the challenges, including the enormous time pressure on clinicians who may wish to participate in, or lead, a CoP. Participants also considered the opportunities that might arise for clinicians struggling to find access to expert advice or peer support, for example clinicians in rural settings where resources don’t always match the complex multidisciplinary challenges at hand. Participants agreed that a range of online tools and easy-to-absorb CoP guidelines would greatly reduce the burden on participation in this type of activity and will help open the door to the many benefits of a co-designed, community-centric approach to CoPs.