The learning practice inventory: Diagnosing and developing learning practices in the UK

Rosemary K. Rushmer, Diane Kelly, Murray Lough, Joyce E. Wilkinson, Gail J. Greig, Huw T. O. Davies

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    Background and setting This paper outlines the development of a diagnostic tool to help Primary Care general practitioner (GP) Practices diagnose the extent to which they are developing effective techniques for collective learning and if their Practice culture supports innovation. This project is undertaken by the University of St Andrews and NHS Education for Scotland.

    Methods Based on Learning Organization and Organizational Learning theory, and using a modified Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scale, the Learning Practice Inventory (LPI) identifies attitudes, behaviours, processes, systems and organizational arrangements associated with being a Learning Practice. The LPI is a self-assessment, fixed-choice, survey-feedback tool that surveys all Practice members.

    Results The survey-feedback tool empowers Practice members to view, assess and prioritize the developments they wish to make collectively to Practice life. The LPI assumes complexity and non-linearity in change processes, used longitudinally it tracks the impact of change on Practice life through time. Practitioners and Practices involved in its development give favourable feedback on the tool, and its potential usefulness.

    Discussion This contributes to our wider understanding in three main ways: first, it applies the ideas of Learning Organizations and Organizational Learning to health care settings. Second, as a practical advance, the tool assumes complexity, non-linearity and systemic knock-on effects during change in Primary Care. Third, it offers practitioners who work together the opportunity to share knowledge and learning in practical ways helping them to change by themselves and for themselves and their patients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)206-211
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


    • Learning Organizations
    • Organizational Learning
    • Primary Care
    • CARE
    • NHS


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