Scottish Coaching and Leading for Improvement programme

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A new three-month programme has been launched to give managers the skills they need to coach and lead their teams during times of change.

Are you interested in driving change within your workplace? Do you want to change things but are not sure about how to go about it?

As demands increase and resources get tighter, it is more important than ever that teams can analyse and improve how they deliver healthcare and support services. That’s why NHS Education for Scotland has developed a new Scottish Coaching and Leading for Improvement programme.

The next planned cohorts in Inverness and Dundee are funded by the Chief Nursing Office Directorate in Scottish Government and Nurses, Midwives, AHPs and Healthcare Scientists are eligible to apply.  The programme has previously been delivered in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries.

Recruiting now, the programme is a Quality Improvement learning programme designed for core managers. The objectives of the programme are to enable participants to increase their knowledge and skills in:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Coaching Conversations
  • Leadership

NHS Education for Scotland’s Head of Quality Improvement Laura Allison said, “People often think that leadership and quality improvement skills development are only open to certain groups of staff.  But everyone faces daily challenges and it’s so important that managers across the system get the opportunity to lead and drive change in every area.

“That’s why we have developed this programme. I’d strongly recommend to any core manager to get in touch with us to find out more.”

A previous participant said, “I particularly loved the mix of the three elements of coaching, leadership and improvement methodologies across the three days. The facilitators were all extremely knowledgeable and the structure of the sessions into teaching and theory alongside practical activities was great.”

This programme teaches how to:

  • Apply tools and techniques to accomplish improvement interventions
  • Use coaching approaches to support teams to develop, test and implement changes
  • Use data for improvement
  • Apply theories to effectively lead teams through change

The closing date for submitting completed application forms is noon on Friday, 7 June 2019. For more information, please click here for the Quality Improvement Zone or contact the QI team at, or 0131 656 3483.

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