We are working with Social Work Scotland to pilot the Project Lift talent management model with Chief Social Work Officers (CSWOs).
The Scottish Government is implementing Project Lift in health and social care to support succession planning.
The pilot project recognises the key role CSWOs have in leading transformational change in health and social care and advising and influencing Scottish Government and senior leaders in the public, voluntary and independent sectors in relation to complex issues of support and protection of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Talking about the pilot Iona Colvin, the Scottish Government’s Chief Social Work Adviser said:
‘To deliver our ambition for integrated health and social care we need collaborative leaders from all parts of the system. This Project Lift pilot will help support current and future leaders in social services to work with others in delivering the transformational change we are seeking.’
SSSC Director of Development and Innovation, Phillip Gillespie added:
‘Project Lift provides a unique opportunity for social services to identify and nurture existing and future talent and build leadership capacity and capability in a structured and sustainable way.’
We have a Learning and Development Advisor working on the Project Lift pilot which will be evaluated as part of the ongoing work of the Project Lift strategic steering group. The next phase of the work will focus on talent management in the independent and voluntary sector.
Leaders in health and social care
Project Lift is designed to deliver a structured approach to career development leadership skills and talent management using a self-assessment questionnaire, coaching and structured career interviews. It also offers individuals a better understanding of leadership behavioural styles using various methods.
It is based on collaborative leadership, recognising that shared leadership results in mutual respect and trust leading to a strengthening of working relationships across the health and social care system. Evidence suggests collaborative leadership developed in this way leads to innovation in the workforce and the delivery of better outcomes for people using services.