The Healthy Living Pharmacy community of practice

Zachariah Nazar, Jane Portlock, David Brown, Paul Rutter

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Objective: Healthy Living Champion's (HLCs) contribution has been recognised as a key facilitator in the enhanced uptake and delivery of community pharmacy
services through the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) project. HLCs have cited their networking opportunities as the source of their motivation and professional

Aims: To explore the influence attending HLC meetings has on the HLC role.

Method: Focus groups were employed to interview the HLCs employed in the city's community pharmacies. The interview schedule was created iteratively based on the literature relating to communities of practice (CoP).

Results: Twenty of the 33 HLCs participated in two focus groups. An inductive approach to the qualitative analysis identified the three characteristics described to comprise a CoP (Lave & Wenger, 1991)(Figure 1). Furthermore, the HLCs described the collaborative learning opportunities, sharing personal practice and regular interaction afforded by the HLCs meetings, enhanced their professional practice and improved their confidence in performing their role.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017
EventPharmacy Education Symposium : Pharmacy education and collaboration for global practice - Prato, Italy
Duration: 9 Jul 201712 Jul 2017


ConferencePharmacy Education Symposium
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  • pharmacy


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