About the Primary Care Learning System
A learning system enables a group of people to come together to share and learn about a particular topic, to build knowledge and speed up improved outcomes. It connects and influences people and develops their understanding. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the need for organisations to learn and adapt quickly.
The Primary Care Learning System aims to support learning within the primary care context and underpins all our work programmes.
Examples of Primary Care Learning System
As with any learning system, the Primary Care Learning System aims to:
- support individuals to learn through its culture and networks
- be informed by evaluation and reflective practice
- enable people to assess what is and isn’t working through the use of qualitative and quantitative data, stories and insights
- develop processes to aid decision-making and turn knowledge into action, and
- build systems to identify “bright spots” and generalisable learning.
Components of the Primary Care Learning System
There are four key components in a learning system:
- Gathering insights: We do this by creating and promoting case studies and learning summaries and by sharing insights at webinars, such as at the Primary Care Resilience Webinar series.
- Sense making: Understanding system enablers and barriers (eg GP Cluster Working Learning Cycle Report).
- Knowledge into action: Co-designing and co-producing tools and resources to support improvement and implementation (eg Care Navigation in General Practice: 10-step guide)
- Networks: Connecting people through collaboratives, networks, webinars, etc (eg Acute Prescribing Learning Network, Community Treatment and Care Network, GP Cluster Improvement Network).