Primary Care SIFS

If you work in Primary Care and are interested in building the confidence and skills to drive change and make improvements for your patients and colleagues, then the Primary Care SIFS Programme may be for you.

SIFS - Primary Care Staff

What is Primary Care SIFS? 

SIFS is a programme intended to support individuals to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to participate as members of improvement teams. People taking part in this course will learn how to contribute to testing, measuring and reporting on improvements made as part of Primary Care focused improvement projects.

What does the programme cover?

The SIFS programme consists of two inter-related activities:

  • 6 Interactive online learning modules which are run weekly for 6 weeks to give you an introduction to understanding and applying quality improvement. You are expected to attend a minimum of 4 sessions to complete this programme. 
  • A quality improvement project to run alongside your online learning. This can be a small project that you initiate and lead in the workplace e.g. a GP practice or an Out of Hours (OOH) / unscheduled care environment, or a larger project that others have initiated within the workplace e.g. projects linked to your local GP cluster.  

Who Can Apply? 

Any GP can apply for this course and funding, but to support GP recruitment and retention, and the aims of cluster working, it may be particularly suited to:

  • GPs within their first 5 years of qualification as a GP (First 5 GPs)
  • Cluster Quality Leads
  • Practice Quality Leads

The Scottish Government is providing funding of 10 professional activity sessions of ‘back-fill’ time (up to a total of £2100 per GP) to enable GPs to develop their knowledge and skills in QI and undertake a relevant QI activity. Up to 70 places for GPs will be funded.

  •   Cohort Dates: 

There are currently 2 cohorts open for recruitment

Cohort 10 start date – Wednesday 28 October 2020

Cohort 11 start date - Friday 30 October 2020 


Recruitment for the programme is now open and you can Apply Here.

Further Information:

For further information see the promotional flyer and the FAQ leaflet below or contact us at