Two sequential facilitation models Critical Allies and Critical Friends emerge as first steps in the development of work based facilitation skills for novice and proficient facilitators. Thereby enabling nurses to work with colleagues’ to help them to learn in and from work, grow their expertise and contribute to developing person-centredness in the workplace.
During the process, Facilitation on the Run (FoR) cards were used to focus conversations and quickly create reflective spaces within the work place. The 28 pack of cards, depict the breakdown of the critical allies and Critical Friends Frameworks unpicking the elements into three sections in each framework (1) prerequisite for facilitative relationships to begin (2) strategies (3) Expected Outcomes. The cards subsequently served as an everyday tool to remind novice and proficient facilitators of the steps that they should be working through to facilitate the learning of colleagues. The FoR cards became an invaluable resource as part of the associated doctoral research study which used insider researcher approaches to work with clinical nursing leaders within their own workplace.
It also makes a contribution to the methods for achieving communicative spaces and discourse in busy workplaces and proposes that facilitation is not stationary space.
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