Quality Improvement training programme seeks applicants from the third sector

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 21st March 2018

The Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) programme is open for applications from Friday 20 April.

The Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) programme is a key part of Scotland’s innovative approach to address increasing demand for lead level Quality Improvement capacity and capability across public services. It develops individuals who are in key roles to be able to design, develop and lead improvement initiatives, generate support for change and provide expert support and advice.

The content of ScIL has been developed with the demands on Scotland’s public services in mind. It includes emphasis on the people element of change and how to lead and influence for improvement, interlinked with the core concepts of Improvement Science: Systems thinking, building knowledge through testing, understanding variation and using data to support improvement, and the human side of change. The learning outcomes for the ScIL programme can be found on the Quality Improvement Zone website (this link will take you away from our website).

Developed by a range of Scottish Public Service Improvement Partners it is sponsored by Scottish Government, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Education Scotland.

What are the benefits?

Participants are brought together from across Scotland’s public services to encourage cross-learning, which is frequently cited as a key benefit of the programme. By completing a project, participants demonstrate skills acquired, and the impact the work has had, focusing on the people who benefit.


  • gain the knowledge and confidence required to apply thinking and techniques that result in improvement
  • become equipped to provide expert support and advice to others on improvement
  • build supportive relationships and networks
  • report that they have fun in the process

Who is it for?

The ScIL programme welcomes applicants from:

• Health and Social Care staff including people working on Person-Centred Care Programmes, Integrated Services and third / voluntary sector organisations
• The Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC)
• Scottish Government and Executive Agencies

A limited number of participants from outside Scotland are welcomed, to build international connections.


ScIL is a highly interactive, participative programme that uses a blended learning approach. Participants apply learning to a workplace project over a 10-month programme which includes residential workshops, project surgeries, online GoTo sessions, mentoring, peer support and an annual celebration networking event. There is also an element of self-study with core reading materials provided.

How to apply

For an informal chat about the programme and how to apply, please contact Samantha Smith by email via, or phone 0131 656 4264.

Applications for the next 3 cohorts will open on Friday, 20 April 2018 and close at 10am on Friday, 18 May 2018. Application packs will be available to download directly from the Quality Improvement Zone website (this link will take you away from our website).

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