30 clinical communities of practice (COP) have been established across key clinical specialities to support the response to COVID-19. The COPs are multidisciplinary and include representation from all districts and networks. The purpose of the COPs is to:
- support clinicians to network and share strategies, local solutions and issues with respect to pandemic preparedness
- identify, prioritise and escalate issues and solutions related to COVID-19 that require a state-wide or system response
- review and provide expert clinical advice on guidelines, resources and other information
- share Ministry approved advice and resources on the response to COVID-19 that can be circulated within all districts and networks.
Clinical leads for each COP have been appointed and they will participate in the NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council. The council has been established as a peak governance body in which all clinical leads from the 30 established COPs can come together to contribute to the overarching planning and delivery of quality health services across the system. The council is chaired by Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning.
Communities of Practice Governance diagram