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Action learning

You told us that to develop your leadership capability you need space and time with others to reflect on your learning, and develop solutions to difficult problems. Working together in this way needs to have a clear focus. One way of achieving this is through action learning.

Action learning:

  • brings together small groups of people to develop solutions to real issues from the workplace
  • is about learning from your own experience and that of others
  • can encourage creative approaches to problem solving
  • can be an effective technique for collaborative leadership.

Action learning project

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES), commissioned a three-year project from 2011 - 2014 to assist leadership, communication and collaboration in the context of health and social care integration. The project applied action learning in 31 health and social care partnerships (HSCPs). The project’s findings confirm the importance of the “softer” elements of leadership and managing change.

A summary of the project and its findings is set out in an article published in the International Foundation for Action Learning June 2014 newsletter.


Some further resources supporting action learning in public services

For further information email: [email protected]

Leadership Capability Indicators
Continuous Learning Framework (CLF)
learning log
360degree tool

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