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DLP Recruitment

Application Process

Applications are now open for Cohort 21. To apply for the programme, download an application form (below) and send this to

Key dates:

  • Application Deadline - Monday 17 July at midnight
  • Selection Panel Meeting - Monday 7 August
  • Applicants Notified Friday - 11 August
  • Programme Start Date - 7 September 
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Application Guidance

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.

  • DLP Application Guidance this guidance is to ensure that your application includes the information required by the panel and represents your project idea, motivation, and potential learning opportunity in the best possible way.

Who needs to support my application?

You will need support from both:

  • Your line manager
  • A digital lead or equivalent in your organisation

Your digital lead (or equivalent) will play a key role in ensuring your project is both feasible and aligned with your organisation’s strategy. 

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. If this is the same person as your line manager, please indicate this on your application.  

NHS applicants must be supported by a digital lead or relevant head of department or director. Please contact your eHealth teams to find the relevant person.

NMAHPs have a list of dedicated digital leads which are 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

Q&A Sessions with past participants

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 Dates Cohort 21

9 x 2hr virtual sessions

7th Sept 23 10-12

13th Sept 23 10-12

31st Oct 23 10-12

15th  Nov 23 10-12

17th Jan 24 10-12

6th Feb 24 10-12

20th Feb 24 10-12

19th March 24 10-12

9th April 24 10-12

4 x 1.5hr virtual peer support group

10th Oct 23


28th Nov 23


5th March 23


23rd April 24


Optional Tech Check

21st August 11:30-12:30

Optional Project Planning Drop In

26th September 10:00-11:00

1 x consolidation event

14th May 24 9:30-12:30


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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. You can find out more about the Right Decision Service here and in the downloadable document below.