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05 Sep 2022

Leadership Your learning

Developing quality improvement leaders in Scotland’s social services

We are working with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to offer funded places for the Scottish Improvement Leader programme.

We are committed to working with partners to support workers in social services develop quality improvement knowledge and skills. This includes use of the Model for Improvement which provides a framework for addressing improvement needs often identified via quality assurance activity. Health services and some parts of social services have used it for some time.

However, our engagement activity with the sector has highlighted that some services are not aware of the model and its potential or related improvement tools and techniques. So we are offering further learning support to develop its use. 

Scottish Improvement Leader

To support this learning activity, and as part of its workforce development role, the SSSC has been working with NES to raise awareness of their quality improvement learning programmes with social service workers. 

The Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL) is one of these and provides learning for workers in roles with a significant focus on quality improvement and dedicated time allocated to lead improvement projects. To increase the capacity of the sector to lead quality improvement activity, we are funding additional places for social service workers in ScIL cohorts starting in 2022-23. We will work with NES to select these places.  


We’re inviting applications for places across cohorts 42 and 43 and you can find the details of the application process here.

Social services applicants should tick ‘Social Care’ as the place being considered for in their application form. Preference will be given to workers in adult social care services.

Cohort 42 will be open to colleagues from Lothian and Cohort 43 will be open to colleagues from Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, State Hospital, Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles.  

Information and supporting documentation including the application form can be found on the NES QI Zone here.

If you would like to discuss the programme before applying, please contact Lorna Dalton, SSSC Learning and Development Manager (Leadership and Improvement Learning) at 

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 14 October 2022.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council