NHS North West

Building Learning and Development Excellence Programme (BLaDE)

Background

NHS North West wanted to provide a development programme for Learning & Development (L&D) leaders to enhance their capability to lead high performing L&D functions and develop learning organisations.
The development programme intended to address specific areas of development identified by the L&D leaders community (the 10 themes) and also enable participants to address development needs arising out of self-assessments based on the Building Learning & Development Competency Framework undertaken prior to participation.


Activity

Based on the 10 themes identified for inclusion in the programme, the sessions were a mix of masterclasses and action learning sets. The masterclasses were based on the following topics:

- Leading with Business Acumen

- Delivering with Strategic Purpose

- Delivering Performance, Quality and Effectiveness

- Leading the Team

- Maximising Personal Impact, Credibility and Presence.

 

The programme was supported by the Prospect Virtual Learning Platform. The platform was used for distributing masterclass materials and also discussion forums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Prospect combined expert input with group work and discussions, and their style of facilitation, support and constructive challenge was very effective."

Angela Delea, Programme Manager, Education Management, Health Education North West.
(see more of this testimonial below)

Results
All our masterclasses evaluated well, and participants felt they gained further and valuable understanding as a result of the masterclasses.

 

Participants have also produced work-based case studies to reflect their application of programme learning to a work-based challenge, areas included:

- The design and implementation of a Learning Needs Analysis process

-  Introducing Coaching as a managementand leadership tool

- Development of a Ward Manager programme

- Looking at the Business Acumen within a Learning Development team

- The design of an induction programme for new staff.

 

 

 

"I have been pleased with the programme delivered by the team at Prospect. Their knowledge of L&D and the NHS, together with a willingness to collaborate on design, was reflected in the quality of the Programme. T

The participants found the masterclasses highly relevant and practical and every case study they produced referred to using learning and tools from the programme.

Prospect combined expert input with group work and discussions, and their style of facilitation, support and constructive challenge was very effective. The programme is currently going through an extensive evaluation and data to date is very positive. The legacy of this programme will be a Regional Network for strategic leaders of Learning and Development, which will continue the spirit of excellence from the BLaDE programme".

Angela Delea, Programme Manager, Education Management, Health Education North West.