Nicola Long – Placement Reflection

Nicola Long attended a PEPA placement so as to improve her knowledge of palliative care and be able to understand the difference between palliative care and end of life care delivery for residents in her care…

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Sheelagh Celenza – Placement Outcome

Sheelagh works in Aged Care and attended a PEPA Placement to learn more about communication, medications and education in palliative care .  Sheelagh believes that it is the little things that may have a bigger impact…

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Georgia Wallis – Placement Outcome

Georgia works in Aged care and attended a PEPA placements with the goal to organise palliative care education for the staff in the Catholic Home facilities that she works within.  Georgia wanted to ensure the education…

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Lucia Dhlakama – Placement Reflection

Lucia works in Aged Care and wanted to increase her knowledge and confidence with palliative care and end of life care education.  Lucia believes that everyone deserves to die with dignity and should be pain free. …

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Sharon Cully – Placement Reflection

Sharon completed placement with the goal to source and create materials that focused on palliative care that could support patients and families who were in the care of Manjimup Home and Community Care Service.  The organisation…

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Kaylee Brown – Placement Reflection

A great Palliative care resource created by Kaylee for her facility at Matthew Flinders Home in Adelaide.

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Alexandra Sun – Placement Outcome Report

Many patients and family prefer to have palliative care on the medical ward. Historically, managing patients in palliative care on the medical ward has presented some challenges, such as work stress and nurses’ skills and attitude…

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Carolyn Bodfish – Placement Reflection

Carolyn recently completed her placement in the Whittle Unit in Hobart. Carolyn was really interested on developing her knowledge and skill with communication in palliative care.  She was also interested in learning more about palliative care…

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Cassie Cox – Placement Reflection

Cassie recently attended placement and these were her thoughts: “I met some of my initial goals and was given resources on the goals I did not meet. There was little opportunity to develop further skills/ knowledge…

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Navneet Kaur – Placement Outcome

Throughout Navneet’s clinical Placement she learned many different aspects of palliative care that she will take back to her facility to educate the nursing staff and care worker staff.  Support for grief services and details for…

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Emmerton Park – Placement Outcome

Emmerton Park, located in the beautiful coastal town of Smithton, Tasmania had seven of their nursing and care team undertake another Reverse PEPA education program. The team members were made up of Registered and Enrolled Nurses,…

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Anglicare NSW – Participant Navjot Kaur Outcome

Anglicare NSW recently supported many of their team to complete Reverse PEPA placements at their various facilities.  Registered Nurse Navjot Kaur highlighted the goal of the placement within her facility was to “enhance the quality of…

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CoPs provide an environment in which professionals can share their practice experiences, develop and discuss areas of interests and build a sense of community (2).

A community of practice was a term first coined by Etienne Wenger, an education practitioner and academic, who described CoP as “Groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better”. The successful CoP requires members to be participatory and is essentially led by its members. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that the CoP stays relevant, engaging and offers value to the domain of interest (3).

CoPs were initially developed to exchange information and knowledge but more recently are being used as tools to improve clinical and public health practice and to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practice (2). 

In the healthcare field, CoPs have been promoted as a tool to (4):

  • Cross knowledge boundaries (all healthcare workforce)
  • Generate and manage a body of knowledge for members to draw on (palliative care)
  • Promote standardisation of practice (evidenced based palliative care)
  • Innovate and create new ideas, knowledge and practices 

In developing a CoP, Wegner and colleagues identified three key elements to be included (5,6):

  • Community – to enable interactions, discussions, collaborative activities and relationship building (PEPA Community)
  • Shared domain of interest – a shared purpose or goal of the group (palliative care knowledge, skill and confidence)
  • Shared practice i.e. repertoire of resources, techniques, tools, experiences, processes or practice (palliative care).

For more information about the PEPA CoP Terms of Reference (ToR) click the link at the top of this page

As a PEPA participant completes a placement activity their activity overview (PEPA Completion Form 3 – Workplace Activity Report) it will be written to form a Blog by the PEPA Manager in their state and territory and loaded to the PEPA Placement site for you to comment on later.

  1. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder W. Cultivating Communities of Practice: a Guide to Managing knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA). Amy HI Lee received the MBA degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in. 2002.
  2. CDC. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/phcommunities/resourcekit/intro/index.html
  3. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder WM. Seven principles for cultivating communities of practice. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. 2002.
  4. Ranmuthugala G, Plumb JJ, Cunningham FC, Georgiou A, Westbrook JI, Braithwaite J. How and why are communities of practice established in the healthcare sector? A systematic review of the literature. BMC health services research. 2011;11(1):273.
  5. Wenger E. Communities of practice: Learning as a social system. Systems thinker. 1998;9(5):2‐3.
  6. Li LC, Grimshaw JM, Nielsen C, Judd M, Coyte PC, Graham ID. Evolution of Wenger’s concept of community of practice. Implementation Science. 2009;4(1):11.

 

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