Training conference

Health and Social Care – the key role of leadership in achieving effective integration

Thinking around leadership and what it means to successfully lead your organisation within the wider landscape of Integration is changing. Health and Social Care leaders and senior managers are increasingly expected to embrace uncertainty; to adopt a collaborative and inclusive approach to service planning and decision making; and to encourage diverse views and constructive challenge from across the system.

With a mix of presentations, interviews and roundtable discussions, this one-day conference will bring together leaders and senior managers from across the sector to explore:

  • The key pressures facing those who lead health and social care services in Scotland
  • The leadership skills required to survive and succeed
  • The role of leadership in driving effective collaborative working across and between agencies
  • The challenges to achieving change and the role of leadership in building a collective ethos
  • The value in developing a culture of empathy, compassion and empowerment


DAVID WILLIAMS, Director of Delivery, Health & Social Care Integration, The Scottish Government
ALLISON TRIMBLE, Senior Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant, The Kings Fund
DR DAVID CAESAR, Head of Leadership and Talent Management – Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Reform Directorate, The Scottish Government
MARGARET WILLIAMSON, Director, Boardroom Development Limited; Lead for the ‘Board Watch’ project, observing Scotland’s Integrated Joint Boards
*Further speakers to be confirmed*
Health and social care providers face increasingly difficult challenges. These include limited budgets and resources; an ageing population; an increasing number of people with long-term health conditions; the growth of delayed hospital discharges; and rising expectations of personally-tailored care services. All to be met, and overcome, within a climate of significant and ambitious reforms, not least the integration of health and social care services.

No single organisation or department can tackle these complex, interrelated and, often, systemic challenges alone. Providers must work together to become more agile, open, responsive and outcome-focussed. This may require Leaders and Senior Managers across the sector to adopt new skills and approaches. The ‘accidental’ hands-on manager may be required to step out of their silo, connect across disciplines and make decisions collaboratively – for the good of the whole. The myth of the heroic individual leader – often borne out of a culture of hierarchy, defensiveness or vulnerability – may need to be challenged and replaced with the reality of a shared responsibility for leadership across organisations.


We are currently working on the programme for this event and will update this area of the webpage soon.
If you are interested in speaking or contributing to the discussions, contact Mark on 0131 344 4611 or

David Williams, Director of Delivery, Health & Social Care Integration, The Scottish Government
“I qualified as a social worker in 1988 and worked for 2 years in Easterhouse and then 7 years in Drumchapel as a Social Worker and Senior Social Worker.

I moved to the children’s charity NCH in 1997 as Service Manager to set up and run a range of integrated children and family services in the Moray Council area. I was based in Moray until 2004 after which I worked as an Assistant Director for NCH based in Glasgow. In 2005 I moved to the post of Service Director at Quarriers where I remained until returning to Glasgow as Assistant Director of Social Work Services in June 2009.

I became Executive Director of Social Care Services in Glasgow in December 2012 and Chief Officer Designate for the Glasgow City Health and Social Care partnership in July 2014. I was appointed formally to the Chief Officer position by the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board at its first meeting on 8 February 2016.

Whilst in this position, I took on the role of Chair of the national group of Chief Officers in April 2017 for two years, and in May 2019 was seconded to the Scottish Government in a new post, Director of Delivery, Health and Social Care Integration”.

Allison Trimble, Senior Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant, The Kings Fund

Dr David Caesar, Head of Leadership and Talent Management – Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Reform Directorate, The Scottish Government
David was appointed as a Deputy Director within the Scottish Government Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Reform Directorate as Head of Leadership and Talent Management in July 2018, having had a strong interest in clinical and system leadership within NHS Scotland and the wider public sector. This builds on his work as the Chair of the Project Lift team (, established as a collaborative in September 2017, which is pioneering a novel approach to talent management and leadership development within NHS Scotland.

He had previously been National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer (Scotland) since February 2016, advising on secondary care services including establishing the Scottish Trauma Network in 2017, as well as engaging with the clinical workforce and civil service on the National Clinical Strategy, Realistic Medicine, workforce issues and leadership. He is a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, and is a trustee of the Medic 1 Trust and Save a Life for Scotland charities.

He continues to work clinically at the Emergency Department in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he has previously been the Training Programme Director and Clinical Director. Prior to taking up his current role in the Scottish Government, he was Associate Medical Director at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

This portfolio affords him some time away from being out-negotiated by his 3 children.

Margaret Williamson
Margaret Williamson, Director, Boardroom Development Limited
Margaret Williamson is an organisation development consultant specialising in improving the performance of Boards and Executive Teams. She has been Director of Boardroom Development Limited, an independent strategy and organisation development consulting practice for the past 23 years and prior to that held senior positions in finance and consulting. A champion of boardroom diversity, she created the Boardroom Mentor Programme, the first competency-based programme for women non-executive directors in the UK. She has extensive experience as a non-executive director and audit chair in the public and social enterprise sectors.

An early bird discount is available for this event. Enjoy 20% off the cost of your tickets if you complete your booking by Friday 23 August 2019.
To take advantage of this offer, just enter the discount code EBD20 on the booking form.

A group booking discount is available for this event. Book two delegates and get a third place at half-price. To take advantage of this offer, just enter the discount code GROUP3 on the booking form.


Private sector rate
(Commercial organisations – Ltd, plc, LLP etc)

Public sector rate
(Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, schools, NHS, police, universities and colleges etc.)

Board members rate (public sector)
Available to all Board members from across the Public Sector

Third sector rate
(Charities, voluntary and community groups, tenant and patient groups, professional bodies, trade unions etc)

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COSLA Conference Centre,
Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,
EH12 5BH

Tel: +44 (0)131 474 9200

COSLA Conference Centre


By Rail, Haymarket Station.
Approximately 5 minutes walk.

By Air, Edinburgh Airport.
Approximately 15 minutes away.

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