Midlands Leadership Academy


What is Coaching?

Coaching is one of the key approaches which aims to support leadership development. It is a method of developing an individual’s capabilities using questioning techniques which enable the individual to become more self-aware, resilient and confident. Coaching is often perceived as the single most effective development opportunity that a leader in the NHS can access:

  • The relationship has a set duration
  • It is structured with regular scheduled meetings
  • Short term and focussed on specific development issues, issues goals and work
  • The coach does not need to have experience of the coachees role

The benefits of coaching

Research by Clutterbuck (1998), Whitmore (2009) and Hawkins (2011) shows that benefits of workplace coaching includes:

  • Better communication
  • Greater cooperation
  • Improved decision making
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Less conflict
  • Overall better performance
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Shared vision and commitment
  • Supporting individuals and teams through workplace changes
  • Supports lifelong learning and individual; responsibility for learning

Who can access coaching?

We offer an inclusive approach to coaching and are committed to developing a coaching culture. We make this offer for NHS Midlands staff, to register for coaching click here.

How to become a coach?

To become a coach on the Midlands Life Long Learning Coaching register you must:

  • Be qualified at either ILM5 or EMCC Practitioner level
  • Undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to enhance knowledge and skills to become a more effective coach
  • Participate in regular supervision
  • Agree to undertake two hours of coaching per month
  • Operate within the ethical guidelines laid out in the EMCC Code of Ethics

You can find the details on how to register on to our coaching and mentoring hub here.