Working Together: Co-operation and Collective, Compassionate Leadership for COVID-19 Recovery

16:00 - 17:00

The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of strong leadership and effective teamwork. So what can a health and care system learn from a gold winning Olympic Curling Team?

In this session, we’ll explore the proposition that you can’t win unless you play as a team – and the leader sets the tone. We’ll hear from the members of the 2022 gold winning Women’s Olympic Curling Team about the factors in their success – that every team member has as equally important role.

Eve Muirhead will share with delegates what leadership means to her, and our panel of senior leaders will reflect on what they’ve heard, their own experience of leading during the pandemic, and what the future of leadership looks like for health and social care as we emerge from the pandemic and face the challenges for the future as we recover and reform.

During the session, we’ll focus on the importance of building a diverse, inclusive and values-driven workforce across health and social care that reflects the diversity within our communities. We’ll examine how we can reflect on and use external experiences and ask panel members what good leadership looks like to them – and about how their leadership changed as they navigated through the pandemic?

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHSScotland and Director General Health and Social Care will then close the Event with her reflections of the two days.

Professor Jason Leitch

National Clinical Director, Scottish Government


Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

Carol Potter

Chief Executive, NHS Fife


Carol took up her role as NHS Fife Chief Executive in September 2020 having been appointed Interim Chief Executive in January 2020, just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic emerged.

Donald Macaskill

Chief Executive, Scottish Care


Dr Donald Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual human rights.

Iain Ramsay

Professional Social Work Adviser - Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government


Iain Ramsay began his career in health and social care, firstly as a registered nurse and latterly as a social worker working with adults.