Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Healthcare Improvement Scotland

We are a national body, working with health care professionals and the public to continually improve the quality of health services in Scotland.

Current vacancies

Associate Improvement Advisor

  • Full time
  • £33,222 – £43,471
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 30th January 2019

Primary Care Improvement Portfolio (3 posts available)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for three experienced, enthusiastic and positive individuals to join the Primary Care Improvement Portfolio, part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub.

We are at a key stage in the implementation of our workplan, with the focus over the next few years on supporting improvement across primary care settings including health and social care. This work will be innovative and complex and these roles will be instrumental in engaging with a variety of health and social care organisations to deliver this programme of work.

Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in the design and delivery of improvement programmes and knowledge in the application of improvement methodology in a variety of care settings.

Candidates should be educated to Masters level, or have equivalent training in an aspect of implementation and improvement science or extensive practical experience of supporting implementation and improvement programmes.

Strong communication, interpersonal and project management skills are essential to effectively manage change. Candidates should also have the ability to develop others through a range of teaching approaches including coaching, mentoring and consulting.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in national programmes that have a direct impact on patient care and outcomes.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

This is an exciting opportunity to fulfil a very significant and high profile leadership role in Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

You will bring ambition, energy and imagination to this high profile, national role, with the focus on ensuring that people have a meaningful and effective role in the design and delivery of their care. Strong leadership, interpersonal and team working skills are required, as well as the vision and drive to successfully manage a substantial change process within our organisation. You will also fulfil the role of Chief Officer of the Scottish Health Council ensuring that it operates effectively and adapts to the rapidly changing health and social care landscape.

The Director will also be a member of the executive team of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and contribute to shaping the strategic direction for the organisation.

You will be educated to degree level and have extensive practical experience of leading change, and in fostering effective partnership working with a wide range of organisations, especially in the context of involving people in the design and provision of services.

This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Associate Improvement Advisor

  • Full time
  • £32,974 – £43,471
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow (flexible base considered for the LWiC post)
  • Closing 7th September 2018

4 posts

Place, Home and Housing (1 post available, fixed term/secondment until 31st March 2020)

Primary Care Portfolio (1 post available, fixed term/secondment until 31st March 2021)

Living Well in Communities (LWiC) (2 posts available, both permanent)

An exciting opportunity exists for four proactive and enthusiastic individuals to join the Improvement Hub (ihub) within Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which is currently developing a range of new approaches to support improvements in health and social care in Scotland.

The ihub is looking for people with experience of supporting service, organisational or system improvement across health, housing or social care using improvement methodologies (for example, the model for improvement, Lean methodology). The diversity of our work requires an adaptable approach to improvement support that can be applied to any setting or subject matter including those based within communities. Therefore, we welcome applications from a wide-range of professional backgrounds and sectors.

The ability to build relationships and motivate people and organisations to drive change is a significant part of the role. Strong communication, interpersonal and team working skills are therefore required. The evolving and changing nature of our work also means that the ability to work to deadlines and effectively manage and adapt to change is important. This role offers the opportunity to drive continuous improvement across Scotland based within a dynamic and impactful team.

The successful candidates will bring an understanding of improvement methodology that has been applied in the design and delivery of improvement programmes or in the redesign of services.

Further information about the individual posts can be downloaded below.

This vacancy has now closed

Portfolio Lead – Quality

  • Full time
  • £48,989 – £60,563
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow
  • Closing 19th October 2018

Does the idea of influencing the focus on quality within health and care systems across Scotland excite you? Then read on……

If you are passionate about improving quality and enabling change at all levels of the system, thrive within continually adapting environments and can work at local, national and international level we want to hear from you.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is seeking to recruit a Portfolio Lead for the Improvement Hub (ihub). The ihub provides support for the redesign and continuous improvement of Health and Social Care services. With an impressive range of improvement support programmes, we aspire to be at the leading edge of both thinking and practice in quality improvement.

This new role will provide senior leadership to the Quality Portfolio, with responsibilities including

leading the implementation of an internal approach to quality planning, control and improvement across Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) through the testing of (QMS)

providing the quality improvement expertise within HIS Quality of Care Framework and improvement support to the development of broader frameworks used across Health and Care

working with NHS Boards and Integration Authorities to adapt, test and apply an approach to quality within their own context

developing a Scotland wide learning system which includes the ongoing development of the local national and international supporting networks

leading the commissioning of national quality improvement capability building programmes through NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

A quality improvement expert, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate significant management experience at senior level with a track record of working across sectors and having developed credible and effective working relationships. Candidates are required to be educated to degree level and hold a masters degree in quality improvement (or equivalent knowledge and experience).

If you require any further information or would like an informal chat about the post please contact Joanne Matthews , Head of Improvement Support and Safety on 0131 623 1281. To find out more about our work please visit