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Guidance on Alternative Development Approaches

Alternative Development Approaches - Often the most effective forms of learning are
not classroom based but developed by experience. (See Fig 1 – Kolb Experiential Learning Cycle) below.  Use the dropdowns to consider different methods of experiential learning.

 

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Shadowing - Job shadowing is where an individual from one area of the organisation has the opportunity to work alongs...

Shadowing - Job shadowing is where an individual from one area of the organisation has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight the work of that area. Shadowing can also be used to provide an individual within a department the opportunity to work alongside more experienced colleagues so they can learn and develop within their current role.

An example of Job Shadowing Guidance  

Mentoring – Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced employee uses their greater understanding of work or...

Mentoring – Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced employee uses their greater understanding of work or the workplace to support the development of a colleague. Access more information on Mentoring within NHS GG&C here

Mentoring – a CIPD factsheet https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.110468!/file/cipd_mentoring_factsheet.pdf

Secondment – a secondment is where an employee is temporarily assigned to a different manager or part of the organisa...

Secondment – a secondment is where an employee is temporarily assigned to a different manager or part of the organisation to develop new skills or broaden their knowledge.  

Access the Boards secondment policy here 

Networking can be described as a process that enables you to develop professional relationships with other people or ...

Networking can be described as a process that enables you to develop professional relationships with other people or groups who share a common interest, profession or need.

Conferences, seminars etc are good networking events.

Use this link to access a free on-line tutorial on networking from the Open University

 https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/effective-networking

Job Exchange - Job Exchange is an informal arrangement identified by two managers, departments or teams, who each agr...

Job Exchange - Job Exchange is an informal arrangement identified by two managers, departments or teams, who each agree to host a short-term placement for an individual and loan one of their own staff members in exchange. This is usually for a short period of time ie a few days.

Action Learning involves bringing a small group of individuals together to work on real issues by sharing experiences...

Action Learning involves bringing a small group of individuals together to work on real issues by sharing experiences, asking questions and supporting each other to take and learn from actions.

Detailed guidance on Action Learning - http://www.libraryservices.nhs.uk/document_uploads/Staff_Development/nlh_sdg_introducing_learning_sets_200808.pdf

https://www.bond.org.uk/data/files/resources/463/No-5.1-Action-Learning-Sets.pdf