What are communities of practice?
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What are communities of practice?

Gwyn Grout Co-facilitator, British Geriatrics Society Nurse and Allied Health Professions Council Community of Practice for Future Leaders

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Communities of practice existed long before they were named as such in the literature (Smith et al 2017). A community of practice is ‘a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis’ (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2021). Practitioners are able to develop by bringing together and exploring their collective wisdom (Pyrko et al 2016).

Nursing Older People. 34, 2, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/nop.34.2.15.s6

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