Educational development in context: Developing a regional community of practice (CoP) in Psychiatry

Mandy Moffat, Isobel Mary Cameron, Daniel Bennett

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Background and Purpose
Developing and supporting educators is an ongoing endeavour(1) and can be challenging in busy clinical environments in departments that are geographically spread across different health boards. Using a ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoP) framework (2), we hope to overcome some of these challenges and provide more effective support for those involved in teaching our medical students. Using a pre-existing network of enthusiasts, we wish to develop and evaluate the usefulness of a Psychiatry CoP to support and deliver educationally-focused CPD activities and workshops. The current project aims to explore, understand and inform the development of this CoP and pinpoint transferable messages which could be used in other contexts (e.g. in other specialties).

This is a participatory action research (PAR) project, grounding research in real community needs and learning (3,4). The collaborative process will focus on a number of phases including relationship building, problem diagnosis, action intervention planning and reflective learning. Data will be collected from a variety of sources and will include semi-structured interviews, notes, meeting minutes and evaluation forms. Analysis will be inductive and ongoing, exploring the processes and informing changes occurring throughout the period of development.

Results from the project will be presented after the evaluation of the planned CPD activity takes place and data collection has come to an end for this phase of the CoP development (CPD activity planned for August 2015).

Discussion and Conclusions
Using a PAR approach, we hope to explore how best to develop communities of
educators, effectively supporting these individuals and increase communication across healthcare/education and training delivery centres; develop shared teaching and education resources and improved support.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
EventASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


ConferenceASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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