On tour with Project Lift.

A look at our engagements and events across the country.

Glasgow – NHS Event – Project Lift stand where the Stories that Lift were launched in printed exhibition format and film. Team Thrive shared the platform in a mini session to celebrate their learning the leadership cubed programme. This event welcomed over 180 people into conversation with Project Lift. “People make change happen”
Edinburgh – Over 50 people pitched up to the first creative forum focused on the power of stories and storytelling. This interactive session reinforced the value of stories to Project Lift and their value for leaders at every level
Dundee and Perth – Project lift ambassadors contributed to a networking event in Tayside for 50 leaders discussing the impact and value of an engaged workforce.
Leadership Matters took place in various venues across Lerwick from June 17 to 20. It was an intensive week exploring what leadership is and means for all the communities in Shetland. The event, was open to the public, led by NHS Shetland and supported by several organisations including the Shetland Islands Council and Voluntary Action Shetland.
Orkney and more – leadership cubed cohort 2 brings together 14 aspiring directors from locations such as Fife, Inverness, Grampian, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Western Isles and across Scotland – Digital Coaching enables 50 leaders across levels, organisations and locations to have leadership coaching wherever they are based in a partnership between NES, Project Lift and Know You More.
Inverness – our first North Event with Megan Reitz and 130 colleagues from across NHS Highland, NHS Grampian, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley and some from as far as Glasgow and Edinburgh for this first class event.
Perth – Myron Rogers and John Atkinson held 3 community Masterclasses on Systems Leadership in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow to a total of more than 120 colleagues across the different organisations in the system.
Stirling – Project Lift hosted a conversation with a group of around 15 leaders from across the Health and Care system to explore the reality of the different tensions and expectations they currently face.
Melrose – Project Lift gave a workshop for senior leaders as part of their local leadership development programme – Project Rise.
Dumfries and Galloway and across Scotland – Coaching for Wellbeing, a partnership between NES, Scottish Government Project Lift and Know You More, provides free wellbeing coaching for hundreds across the physical and heath and care landscape including front line staff in major cities to assistant managers in rural care homes.
Aberdeen – North Region Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals HCSW Learning Event – workshop for 90 health care support workers hosted by Project Lift on “seeing yourself as a leader”. This session has been run for large groups and conferences in North, West and East Region.
Kilmarnock and across Scotland – New Horizons brought together 15 leaders from across roles and organisations, mainly from Health. By example, one delegate worked in acute services in Ayrshire, another in professional services in Edinburgh and another travelled from Shetland to be part of the cohort, giving a rich combination of experience and learning to take back into their workplaces and teams.

Project Lift ‘On Tour’

Creating space for our community to come together

Through engagement we are developing relationships across Health and Care so that we may understand the realities of leadership, make connections, and act in service of the wider system. As we seek to enable leadership at all levels, our engagement approach spans sectors, organisations, roles, bands, professions and networks. We are achieving this digitally and in person.

It is our aim to reach leaders from the whole health and social care system, welcoming everyone, no matter what their experience, background or interests are in leadership.  The more diverse the better and everyone is more than welcome.  The opportunity to host spaces for leaders to come together to talk about the realities, challenges and learning from leading in these times is a welcomed contribution and one that signals value and lasting connections across the system.

Our map offers a taste of where Project Lift has engaged in supporting leaders at all levels in different ways – some of which show the opportunity in a more digital approach.

For a more comprehensive view of where we have been ‘on tour’, the table below gives more details of our engagement.

Month by month

leadership cubed, Cohort 2 commenced, May, Edinburgh
14 aspiring directors commenced the programme with an onboarding event.
1st Creative Forum on “Stories” – 21 May
Over 50 people came together for the first creative forum focused on the power of stories and storytelling. This interactive session reinforced the value of stories to Project Lift and their value for leaders at every level.
NHS Scotland Event – 30th and 31st May
Team Thrive shared the platform in a mini session to celebrate their learning the Leadership Cubed programme. This session welcomed over 180 event go’ers “people make change happen”
NHS Scotland Event – 30th and 31st May - Part 2
The full Project Lift team engaged with a huge variety of people through the Project Lift stand where we introduced our first Stories that Lift exhibition and film montage.
Learning from Excellence Networking Day – in Tayside
Project lift ambassadors contributed to a networking event in Tayside for 50 leaders discussing the impact and value of an engaged workforce.
Leadership Matters week – in Shetland.
Leadership Matters took place in various venues across Lerwick from June 17 to 20. It was an intensive week exploring what leadership is and what it means for all the communities in Shetland. The event was open to the public, led by NHS Shetland and supported by several organisations including the Shetland Islands Council and Voluntary Action Shetland.
Collective Leadership 5 Nations Event - Belfast, 20th and 21st June
5 Nations Network meeting on Collective Leadership with colleagues from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland coming together to share experiences, challenges and practice.
CEO Strategy Development Series commenced
4 Strategy Development Days with Myron Rogers across 4 months
Myron’s Masterclass 7th Aug pm – Edinburgh
Myron Rogers, world renowned for his work in the application of systems theory to the practical needs of complex organisations and systems, captured beautifully in his ”Myron’s Maxims” (insert link) presented the first in a series of 3 masterclasses for project lift community members in the beautiful Edinburgh Botanic Gardens on a ‘stormy’ afternoon. It was a sell out! C.40
Tayside AHP Collective Leadership Programme – 22nd Aug in Dundee
30 Team Leaders within the AHP community in Tayside explored the use of the Project Lift Leadership Profile in practice together
Professor Megan Reitz – Masterclass on 28th August in Inverness
130 leaders attended this stimulating and inspiring masterclass on “Speaking Truth to Power”. A lasting lesson on how leaders need to listen up and encourage colleagues to speak up more!
Reflective Leader Webinar – 4th Sept
Project Lift Principal Leads Jenni Jones and Joanne Rafferty led a webinar on “The Reflexive Leader” via NES Leadership Links series.
North Region Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals HCSW Learning Event – 9th Sept in Aberdeen
A workshop for circa 90 health care support workers was hosted by Project Lift on “Seeing yourself as a leader”. This workshop evaluated well and supported a deeper appreciation that we all lead, no matter what our role, grade or profession is.
3rd Creative Forum – 19th Sept in Stirling
Project Lift hosted a conversation with a group of around 15 senior leaders from across the Health and Care system to explore the reality of the different tensions and expectations they currently face and what would be impactful support from Project Lift
Resilience and Wellbeing Webinar 24th September
Project Lift Principal Lead led a webinar on “Resilience and Wellbeing” via the NES Leadership Links series.
Systems Leadership 2nd Masterclass with John Atkinson – 9th October, Glasgow
John Atkinson, led our second masterclass for Project Lift Community members, this time in Glasgow for over 60 colleagues from a range of backgrounds.
Health and Social Care – 'The Role of Leadership' conference – 31st Oct, Edinburgh
Workshop session and Project lift stand – circa 90 participants from a mixed Health and Social Care population.
West Region Combined - Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals & Estates/Facilities & Admin HCSW Learning Event – 5th November
2 workshops for circa 140 health care support workers hosted and facilitated by Project Lift on “Seeing yourself as a leader”. These workshops evaluated well and supported a deeper appreciation that we all lead, no matter what our role, grade or profession is. A Project Lift stand was also made available throughout the day and there was strong Twitter activity.
Lothian Leadership Conference – 7th November, Edinburgh
Project Lift were delighted to host a busy stand at Lothian’s first Leadership Conference: “Everyone’s Chance to Shine” at the Corn Exchange.
Getting to know - Everyone! Creative Forum on engagement, 21st November, Edinburgh and Facebook Live
Our thrid Creative Forum focused on engagement and how to connect in ways that others wanted - launch of the animation, the #cafeteriatours #staffroomgigs and promoting the new coaching offer via a digital platform. We were joined by a range of colleagues in CodeBase and many more live online with Know You More's Tim Mart and Brigid Russell joining the team at this event.
Project Rise in the Borders – 14th November, Melrose
NHS Borders extended an invitation to Project Lift to provide a workshop for senior leaders as part of their local leadership development programme – Project Rise. This created an opportunity to raise awareness of Project Lift, its purpose and ethos and how to get involved with 20 senior leaders in NHS Borders.
Fife Pharmacy Evening Development session 19th November, Kirkcaldy
Introduction to Project Lift which was open to all Pharmacy staff in Fife from acute, clinic and community roles.
Project Lift at Digital Health & Care Scotland Conference - 20 & 21 November, Glasgow
Project Lift co-hosted a stand alongside NES & SSSC at this key event.
Tayside Collective Leadership (AHPs) Network – 3rd December, Dundee
An interactive workshop enabled 30 AHP leaders in Tayside to explore the Project Lift ethos together and provide an opportunity to explore the realities and development needs in practice for these leaders.
Midlothian HSCP Leadership Development event – 6th December, MidLothian
Development session in collaboration with Midlothian HSCP, NHS Lothian OD and Project Lift working with 35 senior leaders to develop a collective leadership approach for the partnership.
Myron’s 3rd Masterclass – 11th December in Perth
Myron Rogers presents our third masterclass on Systems Leadership for Project Lift Community members in Perth Theatre with 70 colleagues from across the Project Lift Community.
leadership cubed, Cohort 3 Commenced December 2019, Edinburgh
18 aspiring directors commenced the programme with an onboarding event.
Introductory Webinar – Project Lift Community Series – 18th December, Recording in Edinburgh
62 people from across the system checked into the live webinar. Those who checked in came from a wide range of organisations, including Local Authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Social Care providers, NHS boards and Charities.
Digital Coaching with Know you More, various dates in January, across various locations.
50 Project Lift community members of all levels secured digital coaching with our partners Know you More and started coaching relationships from their own geographical base. Colleagues were based in locations from Orkney to the Borders and from the East Coast mainland to the Western Isles.
5 Nations Event on Collective Leadership, 15th & 16th January, London
Exchange of ideas, approaches and learning to developing collective leadership where Project Lift presented to the event in partnership with SSSC and the Scottish Government's Collective Leadership team to colleagues from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Scotland agreed to host the next event.
Surviving the System – Community Series - First Event Event: 27th January, Edinburgh
Around 50 leaders attended this event from diverse roles and organisations including - the Royal Air Force; Colleges & Universities, Scottish Government, NHS Boards, Hillcrest, Lloyds, Inclusion Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland; Care Inspectorate. This was a well evaluated session which created opportunities for delegates to share their own experiences and hear from experts to better understand the challenges across the system – both for themselves and for others. With renewed understanding of different perspectives, challenges and opportunities delegates began to actively reimagine what transformation of the system could look like. This event sparked a lot of Twitter activity and the synthesis pack was accessed many times - and still is.
Leadership at All Levels & Solving Everyday Challenges in Health and Care. Community Series - Event 2 – 26th February, 4 sessions across 4 different sites in Glasgow.
We ran a series of ‘mini sessions’ across Glasgow for the second Project Lift Community event of 2020 with 53 leaders from the West attending a smaller, more discursive session. ‘Leadership at all levels’ was around understanding what leadership means in our contexts and how it can improve what we do and how we feel about our work. We focused on sharing and learning from others in a similar position about how certain types of ‘leadership’ come from within, not from our job titles.
East Region Health Care Support Workers engagement event – 3rd March, Sheraton, Edinburgh
Project Lift hosted a stand and ran 2 workshops on “Seeing myself as a leader” for 66 Clinical HCSW and 42 Nonclinical HCSW. This event drove an upturn in SAQ completions and sparked lots of activity on Twitter.
Webinar Seeing into Systems with John Atkinson – 16th March, online and with a team in Edinburgh.
John led this webinar to build on the interest in systems leadership that sparked community interest from the Masterclasses in 2019. This was in partnership with NES for the Leadership Links Series
Creative Forum – 17th March, Edinburgh and various locations
Project Lift hosted a blended meeting with partners and colleagues to plan the progress review and develop lessons learned and challenges. A small group based in Edinburgh hosted a range of others from across the central belt and Perth.
Coronavirus Resources - online and home based
In response to the indefinate pausing of Project Lift community activity due to the COVID-19 pamdemic, Digital resources were developed, and a comms support plan put into place to maintain connection and support the community. Links to the wellbeing hub promis.scot and the Government team built with colleagues and partners based from home all over Scotland.