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DLP Recruitment

Application Process

Applications are now open for Cohort 20.

  • Application Deadline extended to 10 April 2023
  • Selection Panel Meeting 17 April
  • Applicants Notified 21 April
  • Programme Start Date 10 May 2023 
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Application Support

If you need guidance on application writing NES has a helpful resources on 'Writing great applications for learning opportunities'. Please note you will need to have a Turas account and login to access this resource.

Below you'll find guidance specifically for the DLP as a downloadable pdf or video with some top tips for your application.

Recorded Q&A Sessions with past participants

Watch the videos below to hear from past participants about their experiences on the DLP.

Hear from Gary Baillie, manager of Bield Housing and Care's 24 hour response service, Fi Williams, TEC Communications Development Officer at Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, Kirsty Bateson, ECHO Development Officer at Highland Hospice and Lesley Holdsworth, Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care at Scottish Government 

Hear from Dr Simon Stuart, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lanarkshire, Sheena Burnside, Specialist Physiotherapist in NHS Ayrshire and Arran and Sarah Wiseman, Senior Nurse for HEPMA in NHS Tayside.

Course Outline

By submitting an application, participants are committing to the attend and complete the following elements:


9 x

2hr virtual sessions

Wed 10 May 2023
(10:00 -12:00)    

Wed 17 May 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

Wed 21 June 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

Wed 05 July 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

Wed 29 Aug 2023
(10:00 -12:00)    

Wed 20 Sept 2023
(10:00 -12:00

Wed 04 Oct 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

Wed 01 Nov 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

Wed 14 Nov 2023
(10:00 -12:00)

4 x 1.5hr virtual peer support group

Wed 07 June 2023 (9:45 - 11:30)

Wed 06 Sept 2023 (10:00 - 11:30)

Wed 18 Oct 2023 (10:00 - 11:30)

Wed 16 Jan 2024 (10:00 - 11:30)

Optional Tech Check

Thur 04 May 2023 (11:30-12:30)

Optional Project Planning Drop In

Wed 24 May 2023 (10:00-11:30)

1 x consolidation event

Tues 30 Jan 2024 (9:30-12:30)


  • Participate in approx. 10 hours of guided self-learning
  • Shadow/Buddy your local digital lead
  • Engage with the NES Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme MS Teams Community
  • Devise, lead and implement a digital health and care improvement project
  • Share project impact and evidence with virtual community of practice as well as nationally
  • Contribute to the Digital Health and Care Programme evaluation
  • Become a member of the Scottish Digital Health and Care network

Good luck with your application, contact the team at for further information.

Good luck with your application, contact the team at for further information.

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As part of the programme, participants are required to identify an area in their service or organisation which could be improved with a digital health and care solution. The solution should use technology to benefit people (e.g. citizens, patients, service users, staff). Participants are able to use the early stages of the programme to develop their project aim.

Suggested project ideas

We would encourage you seek the experience of others through the past project pages or other work you are aware of and make reference to this if appropriate in your application. You may wish to focus on a small aspect of the suggested projects during your time on the DLP – other projects are also welcome, including projects which you are already involved with.

  • Introducing digital referral methods to a service
  • Introducing remote health monitoring for patients/service users to reduce travel to in-person appointments, improve self-management and detect early warning signs
  •  Harnessing service user data (e.g., creating dashboards) in a way which allows improvements to services to be made
  • Leading on a system roll out in your organisation
  • Adoption of an M365 app in your service
  • Evaluation of a digital service which has been introduced into your organisation
  • Roll out of technology enabled care devices or service to enable people to remain independent and safe at home
  • Adoption of a decision support tool
  • Introducing and evaluating Near Me remote consultations / Near Me group consultations for patients/service users to improve access to services
  • Introducing, improving or evaluating digital technology to share targeted and specific treatment/intervention based information with people using services (ie not a generic website where people might get broad information but something more specific where they get e.g. rehab exercises
  • Utilising prescribing data to improve patient care

Example of previous projects can be found on the DLP Projects page.

We encourage projects which focus on the adoption or creation of a decision support tool. Watch the video below and download the document to find out more about the Right Decision Service.


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Useful Contacts for Applicants

You will need to obtain organisational support from a digital lead or equivalent for your application. 

Non-NHS applicants (e.g. third sector, social care, social work, housing, any other health or care setting) must be supported by a digital lead in their organisation or equivalent such as a strategic manager who will be able to support their project.

NHS Applicants – you must be supported by an NHS Board digital health and care lead / NMAHP dHealth lead / relevant head of department or director – a list of NMAHP digital leads is available below. 

Dental applicants (Dentists and DCPs) may seek support from their local board’s Dental Practice Adviser or a Director of Dentistry.

If you are unsure on who to approach in your organisation to support your application, please contact