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Action learning and healthcare: affinities and challenges

Sanyal, C., Edmonstone, J., Abbott, C., Winterburn, K. and Boak, George ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4489-3096 (2022) Action learning and healthcare: affinities and challenges. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 19 (3). pp. 269-274.

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Action learning has been used in healthcare settings to bring about changes to how services are delivered, to help individuals to develop their knowledge and skills, including leadership development, and to enable the development of collective abilities and communities of practice. It is evident that there are some positive elements in the healthcare environment that support the processes of action learning – what we might call affinities between the environment and these processes. However, those who have practised action learning in these environments also know that difficulties and disablers can arise, to derail or block the processes – what we might, perhaps optimistically, call challenges.

This paper is based on our experiences as facilitators of action learning in healthcare, and also social care. Each of us independently identified the main affinities we had experienced and the main challenges we had encountered in our work with action learning in different organisations in health and social care. They were collected together and themes were identified. We then reflected on the themes and, in some cases, built on them. The purpose of the paper is to share the learning from our experience, and to encourage others who are using action learning in these environments to consider how best to use the affinities and how best to monitor for and, where necessary, tackle the challenges.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14767333.2022.2130723
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7654

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