Applications for this programme are open from Tuesday 3 April 2018 and close on Monday 28 May 2018.


For 2018/19, we are once again delighted to offer the opportunity for suitably qualified individuals to be part of our Action Learning Set Facilitator programme.


  • Do you have experience and understanding in development practices such as coaching, mentoring or experiential learning?
  • Are you motivated to further your own personal learning and development?
  • Are you an advocate of action learning as a mode of development?


This exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity not only provides you with high-quality personal development, but also puts you at the heart of developing the future leaders of the NHS on our Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS).


The importance of action learning in supporting trainees to develop is unquestionable. In their respective sets, the participants develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and ability to become effective learners and reflective practitioners. These sets also support them in becoming leaders of the future with the skills to influence effectively in ways that maintain and promote the values of the NHS.


If you believe that you have what it takes to commit your time, energy and experience to supporting the development of our 2018 GMTS trainees – by ensuring that this critical part of their growth as future leaders is based upon real experience of the NHS – then this is the opportunity for you!


We want to identify and develop a faculty of ALS set facilitators that is drawn from across the whole landscape of health and care. Our aim is to develop a team of facilitators from the NHS – to grow skills within as opposed to purchase them on a consultancy basis.  Our Faculty will be drawn from those that can demonstrate not only group facilitation and non-didactic learning skills, but also bring useful perspectives from experience and day jobs.


In return for the commitment to being part of this important work, successful applicants will benefit from a comprehensive programme of support and development leading to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in ALS Facilitation.


You can read the experiences of some of those who have previously been through the ALS Facilitator programme here.

Who's it for?

It has been identified that the programme benefits from having facilitators from a range of roles from across health and care. Previously we have had successful applications from roles that include GP, director of nursing, lecturer, GMTS graduate, policy manager, organisational development facilitator, programme lead and director of finance. These roles are only provided as examples and we welcome applications from across health and care who meet the applicant criteria.


Key criteria for suitable applicants is:


  • An advocate of action learning as a mode of development
  • Experience and understanding of other non-didactic development models (e.g. coaching, mentoring, experiential learning)
  • Evidence of personal development and a clear desire to further their own learning and development
  • Exemplary behaviours, consistent with the NHS constitution and values
  • Has the clear support of their Trust and can commit both time and effort to the development and delivery of the programme


Applications will be assessed against the criteria in the role specification document. Please refer to this for more detailed information.

What is the structure of the programme?

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