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Led by NHS Education for Scotland, and sponsored by EHTEL member, the Scottish Government, the Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme (DLP) supports professionals across health and care to develop their leadership skills and influence digital solutions within their organisation.

DLP programme

This programme will start in August 2023 and is designed for anyone who is:

  • Interested in digital health and care
  • Keen to explore how technology can benefit people
  • Would like to develop their leadership skills
  • In a position to make a change in their organisation (e.g. leading a team, service or digital transformation project)


The fully funded programme includes:

  • 9 x Interactive virtual learning sessions with expert speakers
  • 4 x virtual peer support sessions
  • 10 x hours of guided self-learning


Learning outcomes

  • Critically review the digital health and care policy and practice within an evolving context.
  • Provide strategic leadership to influence the contribution of health and care professionals in the delivery of local digital health and care strategies.
  • Investigate opportunities for learning, collaborating and networking with others to maximise the use of technology to benefit service delivery within organisations.
  • Devise, lead and demonstrate the impact of a digital health and care project that uses technology for the benefit of service users and/or staff focused on recovery, rehabilitation and new ways of working.


As part of the programme, participants will progress a digital improvement project within their organisation.  There will be an opportunity to develop their project idea in the early stages of the programme. You can find projects from past participants on our DLP site.

Potential projects ideas could include:

  • Introducing a digital referral method
  • Introducing remote health monitoring for patients/service users
  •  Harnessing service user data (e.g., creating dashboards) in a way which allows improvements to services to be made
  • Leading on a system roll out in your organisation
  • Adoption of an M365 app in your service
  • Evaluation of a digital service which has been introduced into your organisation
  • Roll out of technology enabled care devices or service


The application deadline is midnight on Monday 17 July 2023.

Applications are welcome from employees NHS Scotland, social care, housing and the third sector.  

Multidisciplinary team applications from those who wish to work collaboratively on a project are welcomed.

More information about the programme, including application guidance can be found on the DLP site.  

Any queries should be directed to nes.dlp@nhs.scot and you can also follow the programme on Twitter at @nes_dlp.


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