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Welcome to this section of our website that is dedicated to team based work, collaboration, participation and co design.

Here you will discover how we work together with teams in a way that is unique to their needs and wants, designed and delivered in a collaborative way that allows for the best learning experience.

We are currently working on this page. Please bare with us while we make improvements to enhance your experience, thank you.





Understanding Our Workforce

The Learning and Development team worked with teams to understand needs and wants in relation to learning.  We asked teams to work through various activities to ensure sessions were interactive and meaningful to them.

These sessions enabled the space for teams and individuals to explore how the current changes are impacting on them and the possibilities and future opportunities which may arise through these changes. 

Through participation in these sessions, the Learning and Development team were given the opportunity to understand how teams and individuals perceive their learning needs and create an understanding of how people want to learn, to enable gaps, wants and needs in their practice to be fulfilled. 

Working together

Learning and Development is enabling the creation of effective partnerships across the wider Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership.  Workers and managers will be supported through bespoke learning opportunities, to develop and enhance skills and knowledge within roles.

The work undertaken across P&K will be led by strategic priorities – both nationally and locally – and led by workers and managers themselves regarding personal and group learning and development needs at any given time.  Learning will be personalised, collaborative and creative, supporting staff through transformation, integration and a change in culture and behaviours.

Learning Needs

The Learning and Development team conducted an online survey gizmo Learning Needs questionnaire to all staff between Monday 26 September 2016, to Friday 21 October 2016.

This online survey was the beginning of our engagement with all teams and individuals to establish what  people’s learning and development needs and wants are. This has enabled us to understand what people’s needs are, what are the gaps in learning, how we can support you and what we need to do as a team to set our own priorities.

We will regularly seek out your views, opinions and feedback in a variety of different ways, however we also invite you to speak with any of us in the team about any area of your own learning and development.

Learning Needs Analysis Summary Nov 2016

Learning Needs Analysis Report

As it has been some time since we conducted our last survey, we are looking to conduct a further survey later in the year so watch this space for more information.


Team Based Working

How does it feel to be a member of the team you are in?

As a team, are you as effective as you would all like to be?

As a team, are you curious to explore possibilities?

Research shows, see Affina OD ,  that there are clear links between effective team working and the following:

  • Patient mortality
  • Innovation
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Workforce engagement, satisfaction and wellbeing
  • Care quality
  • Performance
  •  Diversity
  • Quality management
  • Rapid change
  • Delivering strategy
  • Learning

Professor Michael West explains this here in ‘Why Teams?’ Affina OD Library . Professor Michael West also talks about why team based working in the short video below.



If you are the kind of team who is looking for opportunities to improve, innovate and transform, then the Affina Team Journey, see Affina OD Team Tools , might be what you are looking for to support that.

Within Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership we have a team of Affina Team Journey coaches who can support and enable your team journey.

If you would like to talk to us about this please contact us @pklearning or



Affina Organisation Development  Affina OD

Team Based Working Articles  Affina OD Articles

Clients and stories Affina OD Clients

Research papers Affina OD Research Papers




There are a number of leadership styles we can adopt to support our journey’s.

Intent based leadership is a style explored by David Marquet while leading a team in the US Navy. You can watch his illustrated talk here:


If you are interested in Intent Based Leadership, how it can support you and how you lead and work with people, have a look at David Marquet


You could set yourself up to receive ‘Leadership nudges’ from David where you can receive weekly emails with a short 2 minute video where David challenges to provoke thought and insight into how you lead, you can enrol here David Marquet  

David Marquet has published 2 books, ‘Turn the ship around’ and ‘Say less, lead more’. 

If you would like to speak further about Intent Based Leadership please contact us @pklearning or


 Transformational Leadership

According to the idea of transformational leadership , an effective leader is a person who does the following:

   1     Creates an inspiring vision of the future

   2     Motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision

       Manages delivery of the vision

   4     Coaches and builds a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision


You will find many definitions of Leadership and there are many books, articles, learning programs and talks about how to become a more effective leader who makes a difference.

Whatever you decide yourself what Leadership means to you and why you aspire to it, you will find yourself on a journey of self awareness, behaviour change and thankfulness.


Leadership Quotes

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

― Peter F. DruckerEssential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society

A good leader takes a little more than their share of the blame, and a little less than their share of the credit.

― Arnold H. Glasow

There’s a temptation for all of us to blame failures on factors outside our control: “the enemy was ten feet tall”, “We weren’t treated fairly”, or “it was an impossible task to begin with”. There is also comfort in “doubling down” on proven processes, regardless of their efficacy. Few of us are criticised if we faithfully do what has worked many times before. But feeling comfortable or dodging criticism should not be a measure of our success. There’s likely a place in paradise for those who tried hard, but what really matters is succeeding. If that requires you to change, that’s your mission.

― Stanley McChrystal

 Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

― Warren Bennis

The temptation to lead as a chess master, controlling each move of the organization, must give way to an approach as a gardener, enabling rather than directing. A gardening approach to leadership is anything but passive. The leader acts as an “Eyes-On, Hands-Off” enabler who creates and maintains an ecosystem in which the organization operates.

― Stanley McChrystalTeam of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

In place of maps, whiteboards began to appear in our headquarters. Soon they were everywhere. Standing around them, markers in hand, we thought out loud, diagramming what we knew, what we suspected, and what we did not know. We covered the bright white surfaces with multicolored words and drawings, erased, and then covered again. We did not draw static geographic features; we drew mutable relationships—the connections between things rather than the things themselves.”

― General S McChrystalTeam of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.

Leadership is action not position. 

― Donald H. McGannon

"Collective Leadership for Scotland is, in my experience, an exemplar for how leaders need to be trained for this time. Working as a community of like-minded and motivated leaders, learning to think systematically, focused on innovation, contribution and service - these are the essential ingredients that leaders need now."

Margaret Wheatley
Internationally acclaimed writer, speaker and teacher

Interesting Links on Leadership

Modgility - Lessons in Leadership

Ted Talk - Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Ted Talk - Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

Ted Talk - Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

Ted Talk - Vineet Nayar: Employees first, customers second

Ted Talk - Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

Ted Talk - Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

Ted Talk - Stanley McChrystal

Ted Talk - Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Leadership Courses

Collective Leadership Scotland - Resources and Learning opportunities

Step into Leadership

NHS Education for Scotland - Leadership and Management

UHI- Leadership and Management

NHS Education for Scotland - Organisational and Leadership Development 

Scel Scotland

Thistle Foundation - Leading Others