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Testimonies - Blended Learning: Introduction to Consultancy and Facilitation Skills

When working on NHS IMAS assignments our NHS pool members need to act in a consultancy style which demands a different skillset to those used day to day by substantive NHS staff. This brings with it both exciting opportunities and challenges and can be a very different experience from working substantively within an organisation where individuals would normally have support networks, clear lines of authority and accountability and are part of the political and cultural make-up of the organisation.

The programme consists of two modules; one on consultancy skills and one on facilitation skills and each module is accompanied by a one day workshop to reinforce and develop the learning through networking, sharing experiences and good practice. This course has received accreditation from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and on completion of each module and accompanying workshop; the individual will receive five continuing professional development (CPD) credits.


Some reflections from delegates of previous cohorts:


“Really liked and welcomed the facilitator’s style and approach to learning.  Enjoyed the balance between feeling challenged and empowered to contribute. Very enjoyable modules – thank you.”


“The best thing about the workshop was the practical tools offered to us, the chance to put those into practice at the workshops, the opportunity for self-reflection and networking with people doing similar things.”


 “The course facilitator was able to work with the flow of discussion, highlighting particularly relevant theories and directing reference. The style recognised the considerable experience in the room, was respectful and encouraged openness amongst the participants."


If you would like to find out more or to register an interest in completing this course, please contact us at

Please note: This course is only available to NHS IMAS pool members who are substantively employed by the NHS.