We work with partners to strengthen the use of improvement approaches and ensure a more coordinated approach to improvement across the sector. We work with partners to develop approaches to strengthen the improvement capacity of the workforce, including the development of quality improvement knowledge and skills. We support and promote learning activities and resources to support workers in social services to use the improvement model, carry out tests of change and use a range of improvement tools and techniques.
Leadership development can be used to underpin and support improvement activity.
Leadership behaviours and skills contribute to the continuous learning of the workforce. There is a direct link between good performance in social services and effective leadership and developing leadership at all levels is important.
Our Enabling leadership research identifies what good leadership looks like in Scotland’s social services. This research informed Enhancing leadership capability: The strategy for enhancing the leadership capability of Scotland’s social services: Delivery plan 2017-2020 which sets out how Scotland’s social services will continue to develop leadership.
Its vision is for frontline workers, managers and strategic leaders to recognise and use their leadership capability to contribute to service design and delivery that meets the personal outcomes of people using services.
You can find all of our leadership development resources, assess your own leadership capabilities and plan how to develop them on Step into Leadership.
The Continuous Learning Framework illustrates how workers and organisations can develop their knowledge, skills and values and we support the sector to use it to help them develop learning cultures and the softer skills and behaviours needed to deliver social services that meet peoples’ needs.
We work closely with Workforce Scotland which is a collaboration of people from across public services in Scotland who work together on complex, systemic issues to support public service transformation.
We also work closely with partners in health and education to support the policy implementation in these areas. We are currently involved in the Leadership for Integration programme with NHS Education for Scotland and the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland). The programme supports the development of leadership capability necessary for achieving the vision of health and social care integration in Scotland.
We’d like to hear from you if you are developing, or would like to develop, your personal or organisational leadership capability or would like to learn more about quality improvement. If you’d like to share your stories on Step into Leadership contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find resources and information to develop your leadership skills on our Step into Leadership website.
Hear what Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, thinks about leadership in our short film.