Applications for this programme are now closed.


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


  • For those who have experience and understanding in development practices such as coaching, mentoring or experiential learning
  • For those motivated to further their own personal learning and development
  • Advocates of action learning as a mode of development.


This exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity not only provides facilitators with high-quality personal development, but also puts them 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.


We want to 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 are 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, applicants 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.

What is the structure of the programme?

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