Measuring the added value of virtual communities of practice for developing the educator role of critical care professionals

Manisa Ghani, Pauline Cooper-Ioelu, Tanisha Jowsey

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In healthcare settings, workplace learning is often supported by clinicians who strive to combine service provision and educator roles. We evaluated an international 12-month programme that supports widely distributed critical care health professional educators (HPEs) through a virtual community of practice (vCoP). Specifically, we evaluate if and how the vCoP approach affects learning experiences using an innovative evaluation framework in medical education-the value-creation framework (VCF). We used a mixed-methods approach to evaluation, including an anonymous survey and semistructured interviews. Themes from data sources were identified using the VCF as the common thread. Themes discussed by at least two-thirds of interview participants were analysed using narrative inquiry. 27 of 66 participants responded to the survey, and 15 participated in interviews. Positive and negative indicators of value creation were extracted and organised according to the framework's eight value cycles. Framework analysis made value-creation and potential flow-on effects in one value-creation cycle to another visible, offering insight into relationships. Themes from narrative inquiry elaborated on the results of the framework analysis. Using the VCF to evaluate the Incubator programme brings to bear the complexity of boundary-crossing HPE faculty development for critical care educators. The framework can be a valuable tool for evaluating a vCoP associated with faculty development programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere002556
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ Open Quality
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2024


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