Establishing a community of practice for clinical nurse specialists
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Establishing a community of practice for clinical nurse specialists

Alison Keen Head of cancer nursing, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, England
Elaine Lennan Consultant nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, England
Jane Winter Consultant nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, England
Alison Richardson Professor of cancer, palliative and end of life nursing, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, England

This article describes the development of a community of practice for more than 55 clinical nurse specialists in a large cancer centre. Supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, a year- long development programme addressed individual, organisational and policy requirements to create a community of practice with a clear direction and agreed metrics. The community of practice demonstrates the value of clinical nurse specialists to patients and healthcare organisations.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1416

Correspondence

elaine.lennan@uhs.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 10 March 2017

Accepted: 10 May 2017

Published online: 28 June 2017