BIGSPD are currently working towards developing a learning community which can support and connect individuals in working with people with a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ and will therefore be facilitating and coordinating learning regular events to share thinking, innovation and significant developments which will enhance our efforts to reduce distress and improve lives. The first Community of Practice event was on Wednesday 14th December 2016 at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, LS9 7LN. The aim of the day was to generate ideas for developing a community of practice –  a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly and engage in a process of collective learning. Additionally, expert clinicians, researchers and experts by experience gave  a picture of the latest initiatives and developments in working with clients with personality disorder in community, Tier 4 and forensic services and on the work of the Personality Disorder Commission.

Our 2nd CoP was held at Cassell Hospital on the 7th of July. Using “Open Space Technology” we explored the following statement: 

“Creating a ”learning team and/or service” is one of the most difficult challenges we face”.
Practitioners, service users, carers, managers, commissioners & others with an interest were invited to explore this question with us, as we seek to inform service design and standards. Attendees were encouraged to bring thoughts, reflections or evidence to either confirm or refute this statement. read more.

What are communities of practice?

Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavour. Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Members of a community of practice are practitioners.  They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools and ways of addressing recurring problems – in short, a shared practice.  This takes time and sustained interaction.

Attendance at Communities of Practice gatherings presents an opportunity for influencing and shaping significant national developments in the field of personality disorder and to develop new working relationships with people who share an interest in improving services and working.