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Welcome to Social Work

This page focuses on offers and resources aimed specifically at those working within social work in Scotland. To find development offers available across social work, social care and health search ‘All Sectors’ in any of our What’s on Offer subpages.

Speak and Be Heard, Rachael Monk, Dumfries and Gavin Drysdale, Ayr.

Leading to Change is for everyone working in social work here in Scotland. Leadership at all levels means that regardless of role, grade, specialty or board there is leadership development available for you. If your career stage is self leadership, team leadership, or leading organisations, we believe that your development is important and welcome you to explore what offers we have that are relevant to you.

Resources & Self Directed Learning

Leading to Change has a range of resources for you to explore in your own time and in your own way.

There are a range of offers that you can use in a way that suits your career stage, your interests and your preferred way of learning. From bite-sized learning to watch or read through to toolkits and study, we hope you can find something that suit your needs and your work patterns too.

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headshot of Fay Richmond - Executive Officer to Chief Executive and Board Chair in NHS Fife

“Many staff feel it’s not for them as they feel they are too junior or not in roles that are managing staff.  I tell them my story and share that it is indeed for them and it really is for anyone.”

Fay Richardson

Read Fay’s full story to find out what offers she put together for her development on our Stories that Inspire Change site

Personalised Leadership Development that builds Knowledge, Skills and Confidence

“All of this gave me the confidence to apply for a new post and secure a secondment to a project management role. This was great confidence booster as I hadn’t been interviewed in 10 years, though I had interviewed others. I then used this experience and confidence to interview for and be successful in attaining my current role. From my personal development I felt I was able and ready to take these steps. I am so glad I took the chance, and the post will let me use so much of my skill set and learning.”

Programmes

Coaching for Wellbeing

Coaching for Wellbeing is a free coaching offer open to all in health and social care in Scotland; professional coaches, confidential coaching focusing on your health and wellbeing for work and home.

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Developing Leadership Skills for Social Work and Social Care

This is an online learning programme brought to you by Kingston University, available via FutureLearn. Discover the fundamentals of effective management for leading teams in social care settings.

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An Introduction to Leading with Kindness and Compassion in Health and Social Care

This is an online learning programme brought to you by The Kings Fund, available via FutureLearn.
Develop your understanding of how to lead with compassion and kindness within the health and social care sectors.

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Leading Well for Staff Health and Wellbeing in the NHS

An online learning programme brought to you by The Kings Fund. This course is focused on NHS leaders, it may also be beneficial to leaders working in social care, social work and the voluntary or community sectors.

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Developing Senior Systems Leadership

A new programme for senior leaders in Social Care, Social Work and Health in Scotland. Designed and delivered by Leading to Change in partnership with world class leadership development specialists, Hult Ashridge.

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Leading to Change Diversity Coffee Connect Programme

Leading to Change Diversity Coffee Connect Programme is a networking scheme designed to connect individuals from across our health and care system that would not normally come into contact.

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Professional Development Award in Technology Enabled Care (PDA in TEC)

The PDA in Technology Enabled Care aims to equip Scotland’s workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice while supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

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Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme (DLP)

The DLP supports ambitious and experienced health and care professionals to influence digital health and care in their organisations.

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Leading for the Future

An innovative package of leadership and management development. It is designed specifically for those in senior leadership positions in social work, social care and health.

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New Horizons

New Horizons is aimed at new and emerging leaders and managers to support the development of their leadership capability and capacity.

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You as a Collaborative Leader (YaCL)

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.

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University of Glasgow – Microcredentials: Fully Funded Courses

Leading to Change, continue to be in conversation with University of Glasgow to share a limited offer of FREE study for anyone working in Scotland. They are delighted to offer a limited number of fully-funded places on these courses, thanks to the Scottish Funding Council.

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Leadership Live (formerly Virtual Ashridge) Online Access – funded 1 year subscription

We have teamed up with HULT Ashridge to invite leaders from all levels, all roles and all areas of the wider system to explore their online development platform, Leadership Live

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Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring can make a difference in your self, team or organisational leadership at any stage of your career and in any role.

Find out more about both of these offers using the button here or scroll below to see more development offers available to those who work in social work.

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Learning resources from BASW

The British Association of Social Workers has developed a range of training, online resources, programmes and frameworks .

Coaching for Wellbeing

This is a free coaching offer open to all in social care, social work and health in Scotland; professional coaches, confidential coaching focusing on your health and wellbeing for work and home.

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Introducing Technology Enabled Care

Access to a range of  resources to improve digital skills and leadership to embed digital technology into business as usual.

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