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

Visible, active engagement of professional staff across health and social care is central to the success of our work with professional leadership a key factor in ensuring that services are designed to provide high quality care and outcomes and that people experience the right care and support whatever their needs. Making care safe, effective and person-centered for individuals, their families and carers is a priority for Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The improvement delivery plan supports a range of improvement initiatives to drive improvements across Health and Social Care.

The Living Well in Communities portfolio provides support to a range of improvement initiatives that are designed to support people to remain at home or in a homely setting. The National Professional Lead for Social Services will provide subject matter expertise to the Living Well in Communities portfolio. They will ensure that social care staff are fully engaged in the work of the portfolio and that the advice and guidance provided by Healthcare Improvement Scotland is relevant, robust and fit for purpose; to support health and social care staff to deliver the best possible care. They will liaise with National Clinical Leads, colleagues in other improvement programmes and professional groups and bodies across the UK and internationally to share learning.

Candidates should have comprehensive knowledge of social care services in Scotland, extensive experience in a social care role and be well networked within the social care sector. Exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills will be fundamental to success in this role particularly experience of effectively engaging diverse groups. It is important for candidates to have an understanding and experience of quality improvement methods and an ability to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders. In addition candidates will have knowledge and understanding of the many improvement initiatives in health and social care and seek to integrate these to support local teams to identify synergies and work effectively.

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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.

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Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist

  • Full time
  • £28,050 – £37,010
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 7th March 2019

The integration of Health and Social Care is changing the way services are designed and delivered and promoting a shift towards a “What Matters To You” conversation. This is creating a changing role for our third sector, our communities and those who provide informal care amongst families and friends. But how do we know what change is good and what is not so helpful? Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub are looking to recruit to a new post to help capture what’s working, what’s not, and most importantly…why?

The Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist is a fairly new role with ideal candidates having the following skills and experience:

  • Horizon scanning with an eye for innovative new thinking and a knack for searching across unchartered territory to find creative opportunities
  • Identification, collation and synthesis of evidence for new models of care or good practice
  • Ability to share and disseminate knowledge across various information channels and to different audiences
  • Providing evaluation support to enable demonstration of impact

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and positive person to work with the People Led Care Portfolio as we look to develop a strong evidence base for the person centred and collaborative approaches being developed with and for our communities across Scotland. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and will work in partnership with colleagues across the Public, Third and Independent sectors.

Further information about the role is available from Des McCart, Senior Programme Manager (Outcome-based Commissioning, des.mccart@nhs.net.

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