Autumn Basecamp 2016

Autumn Basecamp took place Tuesday 27th September 2016 at the St George’s Conference Centre in Leeds. Almost two years into our journey together, we asked you to join us for a day of connecting, learning and sharing, to renew and create energy for yourselves and your Communities.

All members of the Co-Creation Network were warmly invited Autumn Basecamp, and anyone curious to know more about the Network or how Communities of Practice work in health and social care were welcome too – the invitation is open to all with a passion for improving patient care, including third sector, academics, service users and beyond.

The day included: 22159140384_083fa79d0a_k

  • An introduction to the Network for new faces
  • Stories from the Co-Creation Network members about their journeys, research, good news, sticky issues!
  • Sessions designed using tools and techniques to help you manage collective knowledge, strengthen your relationships in your community, identifying offers and gifts you can give to your community
  • ‘Open Space’ time for Communities to get together, discuss their burning questions, welcome interested new members

We were thrilled that Etienne Wenger was with us for the day on to deliver the keynote address and be on hand to give us the benefit of his invaluable expertise around Communities of Practice.

Etienne is a globally recognised thought leader in the field of social learning and communities of practice. He has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term “community of practice” was coined; Communities of Practice: learning, meaning, and identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept; Cultivating Communities of Practice, addressed to practitioners in organisations who want to base their knowledge strategy on communities of practice; and Digital Habitats, which tackles issues of technology.

Rod Kersh and Helen Sanderson joined us to talk about their journey at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, exploring using a teal organisation model. Find out more about Rod on the video below, when he presented at Spring Basecamp 2015 Pecha Kucha Style.

Karen Newboult presented her story of using a Community of Practice approach with the Leeds West Clinical Care Coordinators, to explore together how their role impacts on the way older people are cared for in primary care.

A big thank you and deep appreciation to Jane Pightling and Angela Green, our hosting and support team to welcome you to Basecamp, offer advice and mindful pauses.

The Basecamp events are designed to introduce and welcome new members to the Co-Creation Network, answering questions about what it is and why it came about, plus how Communities of Practice work. Basecamp allows the Network to see itself and give members the time to reconnect and strengthen their relationships in their Communities and across the Network too. In sharing stories and sessions provided by Network members, it can sustain and self manage, providing tools, tips, research, evidence and techniques that Communities need to maintain momentum regardless of their domain.