Digital Leadership Resources

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In addition to the DLP, there are a range of Digital Leadership resources available to help leaders progress digital initiatives in their organisation or sector. This curated list is not exhaustive but includes key reports, learning resources and links to other relevant organisations to assist you with your digital leadership journey.

Key Strategies and Reports

Here are some of the key reports which provide insight into national strategies and developments.

Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy - Refreshed strategy which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

Digital Health and Care website - Provides access to relevant strategic and policy related information, programme updates, news, blogs and events aimed primarily at professionals working in the health, care and housing sectors.

Topol Review – The Topol Review outlines recommendations to ensure the NHS is the world leader in using digital technologies to benefit patients

Digital Approaches in Care Homes - The TEC Digital Approaches in Care Homes project was launched in December 2020 and aims to guide, inform and co-ordinate support for care homes to maximise the benefits of implementing the use of digital technology.

Leadership Skills

Leadership and Management Zone – Turas site where you can find resources to help you be the best you can be, as a leader or manager in health and care. 

People Performance Management Toolkit – Guide for managers on people performance management from Skills for Care. 

Step into Leadership – Resources and information to develop your leadership skills from the SSSC

Measuring Digital Skills

Essential Digital Skills Framework SCVO - This framework consists of life and work skills and is made up of five sections: communicating, transacting, problem solving, handling information and content, being safe and legal online. Use the toolkit to identify skills gaps and learning needs, measure success and benchmark against other organisations.

A Digital Framework for Allied Health Professionals - This framework provides a structured approach that AHPs, AHP leaders and systems leaders can use to start assessing and acting on their current levels of digitisation.  

Faculty of Clinical Informatics Core Competency Framework -This framework is from the professional body for all health and social care qualified individuals working as informaticians across the UK. It informs aspects of the DLP as well as masters level programmes in digital health and care leadership. 

Digital Literacy of the Wider Workforce -  A range of resources to measure and promote digital capabilities across the health and social care workforce from Health Education England.

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SSSC 23 Digital Capabilities - Online resource to help social service workers develop their digital capabilities to support learning and practice. 

The Power of Data in Health and Social Care – Self-paced online course about the power of data for individuals and organisations working in health and care. 

Skills for Learning at Work - This site aims to provide you with support and guidance to continue your professional development in the workplace. 

Quality Improvement Zone - Learning and resource site providing information and resources to support people with experience at all levels of quality improvement to develop their knowledge of QI methodology to deliver better services, care and outcomes for the people of Scotland. 

Technology Enabled Care

Turas Learn Digital Health and Care Site - Find out more about technology enabled care, including Near Me remote consulting, and how this can support people.

Supporting Scotland’s Workforce - Technology Enabled Care Research Report November 2017 -  This report brings together wider workforce views, experiences and learning needs around using technology in health, housing, care and support services in Scotland.

TEC Programme Areas and Resources – Find out more about the different elements of technology enabled care programme. The programme involves all NHS Boards, health and social care partnerships, local authorities and a range of third sector, housing and independent care organisations and user groups.

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NES Guidance for educators - Find out more about how to develop learning programmes for health and social care staff in Scotland. It includes advice and guidance on the cycle of planning, developing, designing and reviewing an education programme or resource with links to further reading and useful information. 

Using Microsoft Teams

M365 Skills Hub (NHS employees only) – Learn how to get the most out of Microsoft Teams, including for delivering education.

Support for Microsoft Teams (accessible to all) – General Teams support from Microsoft.

Recording Your Learning

Nursing and Midwifery Guidance – About using professional portfolio fornurses and midwives to save evidence of your professional development for appraisals, career development and NMC revalidation.

AHP Guidance - About using professional portfolio for AHPs to meet the required evidence for appraisal, career development and professional registration.

Support Worker Guidance - About using professional portfolio for support workers to record evidence of learning. 

Guidance for social service workers – SSSC guidelines for continuous professional learning (CPL) for social service workers to meet registration requirements.  

Using Social Media
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Social media can be a useful tool for connecting with others and discovering the latest developments in digital health and care.

You may wish to create a profile on Twitter and follow the programme at @nes_dlp

HCPC Social Media Guidance - Provides guidance for using social media aimed at health and care professionals. 

Design Tools
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Canva - Create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content.    

Crello - Useful for creating animated graphics.

Visme - Create presentations, infographics, reports and social media images.

WeVideo - Access stock media, including videos, images and music tracks.

Biteable - Create short video animations.

Pixabay - Find and download copyright free images and graphics. 

Microsoft Stream - Record your screen and/or camera. If you do not have work access to M365, Loom is an alternative. 

Formal Learning Programmes
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NHS England, Digital Academy – Programme delivered by Imperial College London along with The University of Edinburgh and HDR UK which results in an accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership.

PDA in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 - The PDA in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 aims to equip Scotland's workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

University of Edinburgh MSc Global eHealth - This programme aims to develop the knowledge, critical thinking and strategic skills required by current and aspiring leaders in eHealth, also known as Digital Health or Health Informatics.

University of West of Scotland MSc Digital Health – Course focused on teaching the advanced topics of eHealth including: Connected Health, Digital Health, Tele-Health, m-Health

University of Strathclyde MSc Digital Health Systems - One-year Master’s degree (also available part-time over 24 months) designed as either a conversion pathway for recent graduates looking to move into the health and care sector or existing health and social care practitioners looking to up-skill in digital innovation.

Digital Health and Care Insititute Master’s funding opportunity - The DHI award Master’s Scholarships in digital health and care, to support the development of future talent in the sector.

Quick Links

Digital Office (updated 2021) All the latest news from The Digital Office for Scottish Local Government

eHealth Scottish Government eHealth website

Digital Health and Care Scotland Website for the Digital Health & Care Directorate of the Scottish Government

NES Digital Service Find out about the role of NES Digital Service in delivering the National Digital Platform

NHSx This is a joint unit of NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care working together to connect health and social care systems through technology