Lead The Change You Want To See

Leading to Change complements leadership development and support at local levels for the health, social work and social care workforces in the public, independent and third sectors.

Leading with kindness and inclusion, and working collaboratively with people will bring better leadership and this is the key to a more thriving and resilient workforce within social work, social care and health. One that lets us focus on what really matters – the people we care for and who use our services.

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What we believe

We believe that good leadership, role modelling values of kindness, compassion and collaborative working can help to improve the culture and wellbeing of staff and lead to better care.

Our work has been designed in collaboration with stakeholders in social work, social care and health, and will be delivered jointly with NHS Education for Scotland (NES). It will offer a range of leadership development and support, community events and equalities interventions (starting with race equality).

User research and stakeholder insight is vital and we are conducting wide-ranging research with all three sectors to inform every aspect of our work development. Our work will be continually reviewed and improved so we can respond to changing support needs.

We are aiming to create an exemplar culture of leadership – with a focus on the public service values and an ethos of integrity and kindness. One of the key drivers of this work will be to eventually have a diverse, inclusive and values driven workforce that reflects the diversity in our communities.

If you would like to know more about Leading to Change, please contact us.

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Leading to Change is aimed at the social work, social care and health sectors in the public, third and independent sectors in Scotland. As a public sector, Scottish Government funded and commissioned programme of work, we are delivering on ambitions in the Scottish Government’s National Workforce Strategy, NHS COVID Recovery Plan and the new National Care Service, to ensure we are nurturing talent and providing them with the support required to be enablers of positive change.

Collaborative approach

We have worked collaboratively with stakeholders across all sectors and at all levels. These individuals make up our Leading to Change community and governance groups, and they offer real insights and critique on our proposals to help shape our work as we go.
Our official launch of Leading to Change promoted our work to senior leaders in all sectors. It showcased the role of leadership in supporting, enabling and creating culture change and asked participants to consider the role that they play within their organisations to support collective leadership.

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We are continually working on expanding all our development and support offers to meet the needs of colleagues from all sectors at all levels.
We will continue with work to design and develop talent management processes, such as our app, career conversations and Self-Assessment Questionnaire and succession planning for senior roles.
We have created an action plan for increasing diversity among leaders for all sectors, focussing on race and ethnicity in first instance, and we will deliver a broad range of interventions to support and develop the minority ethnic workforce. We will move to increasing diversity across other protected characteristics such as disability, sex, age and socio-economic status as our work evolves.

You can access the Self-Assessment Questionnaire through our app, which is linked at the bottom of this page.

Shared Language

Discover some of the common language that we use in Leading to Change and what we mean when we use it.

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