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24 Jun 2024

Funding Leadership Your learning

Funded places to develop quality improvement leaders in Scotland’s social services

We are pleased to announce we are working with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to offer funded places for the next intake of the Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL).

We are committed to supporting workers in social services to develop quality improvement knowledge and skills. This includes using the Model for Improvement which provides a framework for addressing improvement needs often identified through quality assurance activity. 

It has been used in health services for some time, and in some parts of social services, however 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. 

To support this learning, and as part of our workforce development role, we have been working with NES to raise awareness of their quality improvement learning programmes with social service workers. 

Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL)

The Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL) 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 in respect of leading quality improvement activity, we are funding additional places for social service workers in a ScIL cohort starting in November 2024 (cohort 50). We  will work with NES to select the successful applicants.   

How to apply

We’re inviting applications for places on cohort 50. Preference will be given to people working in any area of social work, but consideration will be given to workers in adult social care if places are available. 

All social service applicants, whether applying for SSSC funded places or not, should tick the relevant box for either social worker or social care worker.

Applications will open on  Monday 24 June 2024 and close at 10.00am on Friday 30 August 2024.

You can find details of the application process and supporting documentation including the application form on the NES QI Zone.  

If you would like to discuss the programme before applying or have any other questions, please contact our Workforce Policy Team at

Contact information

Nichola Stark
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council