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Virtual Action Learning

Virtual action learning sets

Virtual action learning sets provide a safe, secure and confidential space, through which individuals and collectives can explore the complexities of current leadership challenges and determine new and innovative ways forward.  Action learning is a form of action research.

Virtual action learning sets operate within a framework of ‘high challenge’ and ‘high support’, setting the context and conditions for sustained improvements in the experiences of both staff and the populations that we serve. 

What to expect? 

The VALS will enable you to focus on real-world challenges with peers, either from a shared ICS/STP footprint or from around the country, and they are supported by an expert facilitator. Unlike brief virtual common rooms, they offer time out from the fast-moving challenges of leadership to focus on complex issues in depth, challenging ourselves to think differently and find better solutions.  

You would come together in half day sessions 4 times over an 8 month period, at times defined and agreed within your Action Learning Set.  

What happens next? 

Once there is adequate interest to make up an Action Learning Set, your facilitator will be in touch to arrange the first session. This will be dependent on take up so please allow up to 4 weeks.  

You can choose to join a virtual action learning set through four routes:

Regional and system focus

A specific ‘local leadership system’ – where you will be challenged to work within the context of both your ‘real-work’ and your ‘real-time working relationships’.

National level

A general ‘national leadership network’ from across the entirety of the NHS system – where you will be challenged to work within the context of their ‘real work’ by connecting through broader, less-localised leadership networks.

Strategic Focus on Recovery for Chairs

Specifically designed for Chairs, these action learning sets will bring together 6- 8 Chairs from around the country to

  • Meet with Chair peers from across all kinds of organisations and systems
  • Explore common problems
  • Learn from peer experience

Feed your strategic thinking and reasoning through working through the challenge of recovery in a reflective environment with people who understand the operational challenges.

Equality diversity and inclusion focus

A group of colleagues across health and care specifically interested in exploring and deepening learning around equality, diversity and inclusion and racial justice.

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