Hosted by the HPCO

For a number of years HPCO has been hosting Community of Practice (CoP) meetings virtually relating to the following fields: 

  • Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning
  • Rural Hospice Palliative Care
  • Compassionate Communities 

Their Communities of Practice consist of members who share a common interest in a topic/field, and meet regularly through Zoom to share knowledge, tools, and participate in presentations/webinars. Their CoP members are the first to hear about tons of educational opportunities and get access to multiple resources. If you are interested in further exploring any of these topics through collaborative learning, consider becoming a member.


Communities of Practice (CoPs)

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people who share an interest or a passion for something they do, and a desire to share knowledge and learn as they interact regularly. Three characteristics are crucial:

  • The domain: A community of practice has an identity defined by a shared domain of
  • interest. Membership implies a commitment to the domain, and therefore a shared competence that distinguishes members.
  • The community: In pursuing their interest in the domain, members engage in joint activities
  • and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable each member to learn from each other.
  • The practice: Members of a community of practice develop a shared repertoire of
  • resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short, a shared practice. This takes time and sustained interaction.
  • It is the combination of these three elements that constitutes a community of practice. Communities develop their practice through a variety of activities including problem solving, requests for information, seeking experience, reusing assets, coordination and synergy, discussing developments, documentation, creation of materials, and resources and mapping knowledge and identifying gaps.

The benefits of this type of mutuality and co-participation include:

  • More perspective and understanding of the problems and issues = Improved solutions
  • Shared practice = Less duplication and reduced cost and time
  • Shared knowledge = Stronger workforce and more sources of expertise
  • Meaningful participation = Improved performance and outcomes
  • Increased trust and confidence = Increased success and sustainability

If you are interested in any of the CoPs listed below, click the hyperlink to join

  1. Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning Community of Practice (HCC ACP CoP)
  2. Rural Hospice Palliative Care Community of Practice (RHPC CoP)
  3. Compassionate Communities Community of Practice (CC CoP)

Who can participate?

These CoP’s are open to any healthcare practitioners and volunteers with an interest in the domain. The meetings are held by tele/web conference, with the opportunity to connect in-person at the HPCO annual conference.

How do I learn more?

For more information about any of HPCO’s Communities of Practice, please contact the CoP Coordinator by email at nav.dhillon@hpco.ca

For more information, and to apply to become a member for any of the CoP's, please see the attached document.