‘A Place to Be’ – A Public Health Leadership Programme for Scotland

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 5th November 2018

Applications for programmes running in 2019 and 2020 are now open to senior public health leaders.

A framework and plan for supporting public health leadership development in Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) has been developed and is being implemented. This has included the development and delivery of a programme for senior public health leaders ‘A Place to Be’.

‘A Place to Be has been designed for Scotland by NHS Education for Scotland and the Kings Fund and focuses on supporting colleagues to:

  • navigate the volume of material and access the best leadership programmes/materials available
  • understand and take up their leadership role for and of public health and
  • ensure that that investment in development makes a difference.

The programme is focussed on personal rather than knowledge development.

Who is the programme for?

The initial cohorts are focussing on senior public health leaders as key advocates for leadership for Public Health in Scotland.  It is planned that the programme will then be extended to focus on emergent leaders and the wider public health workforce in development with key stakeholders.

What will the programme entail?

In preparation for the programme, you will be asked to reflect on your own leadership characteristics and experiences in the context of your public health leadership role (this will entail approximately 4 hours of preparation including a coaching conversation for which there will be guided support).

The 3-day programme will focus on core concepts and core practices to extend your repertoire and impact as a public health leader and will concentrate on:

  • Being in uncertain times – observing the impact of complexity and uncertainty on you and public health
  • Being in systems – ‘seeing’ the systems you are in and how this influences your approach and experiment with ways to expand your ability to work effectively with difference within and between systems
  • What it takes to Be a leader of and for public health – understanding what to change or alter in how you conduct yourself to enhance your contribution.

Applications for all programmes 2019-20 are being accepted.  It is anticipated that interest in places will be high and you are encouraged to apply promptly.

The first programme is due to take place from 6-8th February 2019 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. Two further programmes are planned for 4-6th Sept 2019 and 29-31st January 2020 (the venues for these have to be confirmed).

The associated cost for attending is £500 (payable on confirmation / acceptance of a place). Please note this is not a residential programme.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 7th December 2018. For more information please contact Kamil Orzel at

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