Action Learning Sets

Definition: An action learning set (ALS) is a group of people within a workplace that meet with the specific intention of solving workplace problems. The main aim of an ALS is to come away with a set of realistic actions that will help to solve or understand the issues at hand.  (NHS Improving Quality handbook, available online at http://www.nhsiq.nhs.uk/media/2532612/nhs_iq_-_learning_handbook_-_action_learning_sets.pdf)

Working well together – Action Learning Skills guide by Caroline Doherty (used with permission)
“The dialogue which occurs between set members within an action learning set is different from a usual social or even a work based conversation. As such it is helpful to be explicit about the values and rules which will ensure that all set members can participate fully.”

Access the NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework E-Learning to see an Action Learning Set taking place and use the quick reference postcard to help you run your own Action Learning Set.