Development Opportunity: Leadership for Integration

Leadership for Integration is offered in partnership by NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland), receives its funding from the Scottish Government and has recently been extended with new cohorts commencing September 2018.

Leadership for Integration aims to support health and social care integration in Scotland. It comprises of two development opportunities for primary care and social care professionals including GPs, senior primary care professionals, and middle or senior managers in statutory, third or independent social care organisations who are working in lead roles in health and social care partnerships or localities to shape, develop and deliver integrated care.

It has two parts: one programme aimed at individuals and another focusing on groups:

You as a Collaborative Leader (YaCL) – four month programme for individuals, comprising two workshops and three coaching sessions.

Participants in the first five YaCL cohorts said it developed:

  • Personal leadership styles necessary for integrated working
  • Insights into personal patterns of behavior and blockages
  • Greater sense of personal role and potential influence


“It was genuinely one of the most useful experiences professionally. I have never had

supervision which has allowed me to focus on who I am and what I bring to my role and how

I can affect change in such a structured, interesting and challenging way. Each session reinvigorated my motivation to do a good job.” (HSCP manager, YaCL)


Collaborative Leadership in Practice (CLiP) – six months group coaching and facilitation to develop positive group dynamics amongst primary health care and social care professionals in localities to develop collaborative leadership practices for effective integrated care.


Feedback from over 30 full CLiP sites across 21 HSCP areas point to:

  • Greater willingness to recognise and explore individual and group assumptions
  • Greater honesty, less defensiveness and open acknowledgement of fears or anxieties
  • Greater confidence amongst GPs and other practitioners in talking to patients and referring them to other services, including non-clinical services

“…use of a mental health team member in a practice setting, that hadn’t been able to recruit GP’s, which ultimately led to fewer prescriptions.”


“CLIP has helped us all to get the imagination going. We share more and are more open.

We’re not assuming so much about each other. We’re not assuming that the other person

understands our work. And when we do this, the ideas get better. It’s small-scale, but it’s

what we can do.” (East Kilbride, CLIP)



Applications for a further two cohorts of YaCL are now open.  To apply, complete the application here or on the flyer. We anticipate that interest in places will be high and you are encouraged to apply promptly.

Applications for both Cohort 1 & 2 should be submitted by Friday 7th September 2018.


To apply for CLiP in your locality please register your interest by contacting Julie Higgins, on email [email protected] by 7th September 2018.


Leadership for Integration Flyer

Last Updated on 29th August 2018 by Scottish Care

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