Communities of Practice

There are increasing numbers of people who have a growing interest in improving how fire, health and social care work together to improve the safety and wellbeing of our communities.  In view of this, NFCC has agreed to host the fire health and social care Communities of Practice (CoP) and an associated repository of resources to facilitate the sharing of information, good practice and to promote networking opportunities.

If you would like to join the CoP or would like to submit something to the repository please email The CoP will be of interest to employees from fire, health, social care, housing, third sector and private organisations who work with people considered to be vulnerable. It could also be relevant to volunteers and students within the sectors above.

We will not share your data with anyone else and it will only be used to send you information regarding the network. If you have other colleagues who you think would like to join the CoP, then please share this information with them. We are working on providing a web-based communications tool to allow us to share information and ideas securely. 

This will replace the PREVIOUS network and repository. By joining the Communities of Practice (CoP), people will have access to the repository that houses a range of fire, health, social care-related resources.  The resources are categorised into the following themes:


Policies and guidance Partnership working Workforce development
Safe and well Research and evaluation Good practice guides


All members of the CoP are invited to add to the repository so that we can share ideas and reduce duplication.  Being part of the CoP will also enable us share details about events, conferences and training that others may benefit from hearing about.

The CoP has the following objectives:

  • Help promote successful partnership working between local and national partners and the fire and rescue service
  • Support local and national partners from any organisation to strengthen their interventions with knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of fire to vulnerable people, service users and patients
  • Supporting the fire and rescue service to work more effectively with people who are at increased risk of fire

Fire statistics show that individuals at greatest risk from fire injury or death are often from hard to reach groups and known to statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations in health and social care.  The profile of individuals involved in accidental and non-accidental fire incidents share common characteristics. 

Prevention, public value and efficient use of resources are key priorities for all public services. It is crucial that health and social care services from a number of sectors - and fire and rescue services - better understand and respond to the needs of the individuals they are trying to protect. This can be best achieved through more effective partnership working.

Considering specific vulnerable groups and how to improve their fire safety is a well established area of practice, however it remains important to draw together existing intelligence and best practice to strengthen and develop approaches.

Atlongside the immediate causes of a fire (e.g. carelessly discarded cigarettes), alcohol, mobility and mental illness are the biggest single influences on whether a fire starts and/or whether it has fatal consequences.

Evidence suggests that the most effective way of providing effective fire safety interventions to those who are hard to reach or who have complex health and social care problems is to deliver collaborative person-centred fire safety interventions in partnership.