Developing people, practice and performance

Our Work Based Learning approach supports individuals, teams and organisations to learn through and for work.

In our work with organisations, we work as facilitative partners rather than as consultants ‘brought in’ for short term interventions.  We work alongside partners, valuing your expertise as well as sharing ours, supporting individual and organisational learning, building capacity and creating sustainability.

You will find us genuinely collaborative, supportive and focused on outcomes. We will work with you to understand and shape your objectives, taking account of the challenges and constraints and co-design programmes to meet specific outcomes; usually a mix of learning outcomes and business outcomes. A key strength is our ability to integrate learning with practice, developing people, practice and organisational performance at the same time.

Our approach is built around practice and action, informed by theory (not the other way round!).  We provide the rigour and quality associated with a top UK University in a way which best meets the needs of our partners.  A distinctive strength is the design of bespoke programmes with University accreditation.  You are assured of relevance and the quality associated with a top University; your staff develop their practice and gain highly valued qualifications.

Partnership models vary. You might ask us to:

  • Co-design a new accredited programme to meet specific development needs
  • Focus on key work initiatives and develop the knowledge and skills of staff in order to take them forward.

Previously we have:

  • Used coaching, Action Learning and Research as key vehicles to develop people’s ability to reflect on and learn from their experience, from others and from CETAD tutors.  Learning sets provide opportunities for set members to explore real workplace issues find solutions to problems and develop their personal capacity to transfer their learning from one situation to another. 
  • Facilitated a series of Action Research groups across a local council and primary care trust, each exploring different challenges and opportunities for achieving partnership working. This enabled key stakeholders to have a voice and influence in developing new ways of working as well as engendering collective leadership and responsibility for taking the organisation’s agenda forward.
  • Worked with a local NHS Trust to develop a bespoke medical leadership framework that builds on the Trust's values and strategic agenda to capture key medical leadership priorities for consultants.
  • Hosted and facilitated a 1 day networking conference for NHS Organisational Development Practitioners in the North West.