Aims: To provide an overview of the development, implementation and process evaluation of a programme for nurses seeking to develop the knowledge and skills required to facilitate practice innovation.
Method: The 12 month facilitation in clinical practice programme was underpinned by transformational practice development (tPD) methodology. The programme included a series of workshops, active learning groups and was supported by experienced facilitators, using a co-facilitation model. Evaluation occurred continuously throughout the programme.
Results: Participants evaluated the programme positively and were able to apply their evolving knowledge and skills within their everyday practice. Their major areas of learning included active participation in their own learning, an increased valuing of diversity within the group and application of their learning in facilitation of practice development initiatives. The co-facilitation model was found to challenge and support ongoing development of the facilitators.
Conclusions: Participation in the facilitation in clinical practice programme enhances nurses’ knowledge and skills for undertaking tPD.