You as a Collaborative Leader

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Leadership for Integration (LfI) is addressing an appetite for leadership support for health and social care integration in Scotland.  LfI provides health and social services professionals with the skills and knowledge to collaborate across the integration agenda effectively.  

The programme is offered in partnership by NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) and has been running since 2016.

For more background information about integration across health and social care, please see the Health and Social Care Scotland website or the Integration of Health & Social Care page.

The programme

You as a Collaborative Leader (YaCL) is a programme for health and social services professionals working in integration, to develop the skills and knowledge to lead effectively across integrated settings where effective collaboration is essential.

YaCL is designed to help you recognise your own leadership strengths and sources of resilience and how you can best use these to lead change more collaboratively and effectively to deliver health and social care integration. 

With a mixture of personal coaching, peer thinking, and group workshop sessions, it is designed specifically to support you to increase your self-awareness as a leader, create greater presence, influence more effectively, and have greater impact as a collaborative leader.


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Participant Feedback

Feedback from previous participants on the programme.

It is definitely worth applying for this course. Great opportunity to meet colleagues from different professions and different organisations. Peer groups were a great way to work collaboratively on an identified problem not always finding an exact solution but getting lots of ideas on how to tackle things. The 1:1 coaching session at the end of the course was invaluable. I now have lots of tools and resources for going forward.

Previous participant, YaCL

This programme is an opportunity to hit that "reset" button, it reminds you of the importance of a safe and dedicated space to reflect. The programme really supports that deeper dive into what kind of leader you are and how you want to lead going forward, in a really authentic and strengths-based way. For me, role modelling this as I go forward is crucial to support reflective and compassionate leadership. If we all completed this programme the public sector would look pretty different!

Previous participant, YaCL
What's Involved?

YaCL is designed to help you recognise your own leadership strengths and support you to create greater presence, influence more effectively and have greater impact as a collaborative leader.

The programme is completed over approximately four months and involves the following components:

  • 4 half-day workshops focusing on leadership capabilities for health and social care integration.  There will be some content on the vision for integrated care, and on people, contexts and systems that impact on leadership actions. 

  • 3 x 2-hour small group Peer Thinking sessions to deepen your learning (one at the start, middle, and end of the programme). 

  • 1 x 1:1 coaching session to consolidate your reflective practice. 

  • Based on your reflective logs, you will be encouraged to build a tailored personal development plan to help you sustain your learning in practice.