Leading Social Work :Stronger Together



Our STRONGER TOGETHER programmes provide an opportunity for social workers (Band 8b and 8a - including those in acting up arrangements) who have current lead roles within their respective areas to develop the collective leadership capability across the HSC system.


It will maximise the contribution that you, as an experienced social work leader, can make to high performing, successful organisations.  Stronger Together builds on your existing leadership skills and challenges your existing mindset to become more agile, working across system boundaries to deal with complexity of our environment.


The programme will support ‘Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing; A Strategy for Social Work.’


The programme will be delivered over 9 months and will provide recognition of continued professional development by NISCC.  It is aligned to the Professional in Practice Leadership and Strategic Award.

Learning Outcomes

What will you get?

Leading self - Personal and People Leadership

Improved understanding of self, your contribution and your ability to successfully lead and deliver transformational change through people and teams in a complex environment.


Leading with others - Collaborative and Systems Leadership

Engaging with other talented social work leaders from across the system to develop your profile, networks  and collaborative strategic alliances for improved systems outcomes.


Leading practice - Improvement and Innovation Leadership

The opportunity to understand the challenges of leading in a complex system and explore the thinking tools necessary to deliver sustainable collaborative solutions.


Who is it for?


This programme will be available for talented social work leaders primarily at Band 8b & 8a (including those who are currently in acting up arrnagements).


Particular consideration will be given to those senior professionals who are in critical leadership roles or those with the ambition to fill such roles and have demonstrated evidence of their ability to lead social work and social care.


The programmes are also open to social work leaders in the voluntary, community, criminal justice and education welfare sectors.


How will you be supported?


Your facilitators will help you with bespoke personal development planning, providing individual feedback and support to accelerate your growth and fully exploit your learning on the programme.


Your learning community will provide a safe network and opportunity for peer support, challenge, feedback and growth.


Your personal coach will act as a ‘thinking partner’ providing a safe environment in which you can explore key issues that may impact on your leadership journey and stretch you to develop a ‘growth mindset’.


Our on demand access to online support tools and resources including a virtual learning environment (VLE)


Your collaboration with other participants and key stakeholders to drive forward system level regional improvement projects.


Your reflective practice and electronic journal will support your achievement towards your PiP Leadership and Strategic Award.


How will it be delivered?


  • Personal Diagnostics.
  • Leadership Events.
  • Four Core Modules.
    • ?Onboarding - 11th October 2021
    • Module 1 - 9th November 2021 & 14th December 2021 
    • Module 2 - 1st February 2022 & 22nd February 2022 
    • Module 3 - 15th March 2022 & 12th April 2022
    • Module 4 - 10th May 2022 (in person ) 
    • Module 5 - 14th June 2022
  • Coaching and Mentoring.
  • Action Learning Sets 
  • eLearning and Resources.
  • Rapid experiments and transformation.
  • Peer support and networks.
  • Insight Visits.
  • Leadership Inquiry.

How to apply

Click Course Dates & Venues tab to apply 

Application closing Date : 24 September 2021


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course, if you would like to submit an expression of interest please contact us.