Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills (SIFS)

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All people working in the public sector across Scotland have ideas that can improve the way things are done in their own workplace. Staff working at foundation level will be functioning as part of a team to improve service delivery in their own workplace. Foundation learning resources introduce staff to widely used improvement methods to help support them achieve the outcome they are aiming for. 

Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills (SIFS) 2021/22:

The NES Quality Improvement Team will not be running any more national cohorts of SIFS in 2021/22. We are working towards developing opportunities for interested colleagues to participate in the SIFS programme locally. Further information on this will be made available on the QI Zone in due course.


NES is delivering a new virtual Quality Improvement development programme called Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills (SIFS).

What is Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills?

The aim of SIFS is to support individuals to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to participate as members of improvement teams and contribute to testing, measuring and reporting on changes made.

Who is Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills for?

The programme is aimed at all staff working in Public Services including people working in Health and Social Care, the third/ voluntary sector, Person Centred Care Programmes and Integrated Services, The Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) and the Scottish Government and Executive Agencies who are or will be members of teams undertaking quality improvement initiatives.


How is Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills delivered?

This is a programme of 7 sessions delivered entirely in a virtual learning environment. Each virtual session will last for 90 minutes and participants will spend a further 90 minutes each week on their practical project.

To successfully complete the Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills Programme, it is expected that you will:

• Attend and actively participate in all 7 virtual learning events

• Share your project progress using the templates provided during the programme

Participants must be able to commit to all session dates and have the full support of their line manager.

Additional information about the SIFS programme is included in the promotional flyer.

We recognise that the demand for places is likely to exceed availability and will share further dates once available.

Should you have any questions, please contact a member of the Quality Improvement Team at