Scottish Healthcare Professional beats competition for GenerationQ Leadership Programme

by Heather Peebles

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Ruth GlassborowRuth Glassborow from Healthcare Improvement Scotland is one of 18 health professionals in the UK to be selected for the prestigious GenerationQ, a pioneering leadership programme from the independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation.

The fellowship has a track record of developing leaders who understand how complex health systems work and who inspire others to transform healthcare quality and bring about sustainable, system-wide change.

The GenerationQ programme equips fellows with the skills to drive forward and influence improvements across healthcare services and organisations – skills that are needed more than ever in today’s NHS given the funding squeeze and emphasis on quality.

Ruth Glassborow, Interim Director of Safety and Improvement at Healthcare Improvement Scotland said: “After the challenging and rigorous selection process I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for the GenerationQ leadership programme.

“Not only will this help develop my own personal skill set to lead work focused on improving the quality of care for patients, it will also be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and practice with motivated professionals from varied backgrounds across the UK.

“The programme provides a unique platform to engage with a wide range of individuals which will provide the perfect environment for the creation of innovative ideas and I am looking forward to then using these insights to further support Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s programme of improvement work across NHS Scotland.”

Changing The Face Of Healthcare Improvement

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation said “We are delighted to have found 18 such talented people to participate in GenerationQ. Previous fellows have used the skills they have learnt through the programme to make real impact on the quality of healthcare in the UK. We are excited to see what these new fellows will do.”

Previous fellow Dr Ian Bullock, Chief Operating Officer, National Clinical Guideline Centre, Royal College of Physicians said: “The experience of GenerationQ has been a rich stream of learning underpinning my leadership and quality improvement commitment, and how I have applied this ‘in action’ in my role at the Royal College of Physicians.”

GenerationQ provides an innovative learning experience, including residential leadership forums, the support of individual executive coaching, action learning in facilitated peer groups, the opportunity to engage with systems beyond health and extensive feedback.

The fellowship is an 18 month part-time programme to complete a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Fellows will develop personal skills and strategies for resilience, equipping them to confront the main challenges facing healthcare leaders today. Ruth will put into practice a significant improvement project for Healthcare Improvement Scotland as part of the programme.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was formed in April 2011 as an organisation with the focus and key responsibility to help NHS Scotland and independent healthcare providers deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care; and to scrutinise services to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care. For further information about Healthcare Improvement Scotland visit

For more details about GenrationQ please see the Health Foundation website

Private: Heather Peebles

Based as a PR in Edinburgh, Heather Peebles is a highly-valued member of the team at Holyrood PR. Her work with the Scottish public relations consultancy sees her advising clients in healthcare, construction, renewables and logistics. As well as delivering numerous successful PR campaigns, she is also experienced in crisis PR and reputation management.

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