Midlands Leadership Academy

Coaching and Mentoring

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 Cluttebuck (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.

Coaching development and training

We are pleased to be working with BOO Consulting to provide Continuing Professional Development and Supervision sessions for our coaches across the Midlands. BOO Consulting work closely with a number of NHS organisations to encourage a coaching culture, support coaches and promote staff wellbeing.

Coaching CPD

We are currently offering the below CPD webinars to our registered Midlands coaches, with further dates and subjects to come:

If you would like to access this training and you are a qualified Coach to ILM5, EMCC Practitioner level or above, please join our coaching and mentoring hub here prior to booking your place.

Coaching Supervision sessions

Join Becci in a small group of 6 coaches as we explore coaching practice and engage in a virtual coaching circle. The session will last for 2 hours and offers an opportunity to focus on your practice as a coach and learn from others across the Midlands coaching community.

Who can attend?

This is for all coaches who are registered on the midlands coaching and mentoring hub.

How to book

Please book via the events page on your coaching and mentoring hub account.

Supervision Session Dates

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a dynamic, supportive relationship between two individuals which exists to develop the mentee either within their current role or for the future. Mentoring differs from coaching in that it takes a holistic view of the mentee, is an on-going relationship and the agenda is usually set by the mentee with the mentor providing support and guidance. Mentoring is available to a diverse range of employees and cross-organisational, cross-professional and peer mentoring relationships are encouraged.

Reciprocal mentoring is a great way to enhance the awareness, breadth and learning of individuals. It is a genuine learning exchange, a two-way relationship established between individuals that come from diverse organisational, professional, generational and/or cultural backgrounds. This two-way relationship is not based on seniority or status; it is entirely driven by the individuals involved to meet the specific learning needs of both parties.

How can I find a mentor?

You can access the Midlands Life Long Learning Mentoring register here. You must discuss and agree this with your manager as part of Personal Development Plan before seeking a mentor.

Coaching Skills in leadership

Are you interested in learning practical coaching skills? Have you always wanted to coach but never found the time for a long course? Or are you already a coach and struggling to get to grips with coaching in virtual sessions?

Skills for coaches in a virtual space: for existing coaches registered on our hub to develop necessary virtual and online coaching skills in a socially distant world.

Building a coaching culture – New cohorts coming soon!

Scheduled to start in 2021

What is it about?

The NHS needs colleagues who can have a different kind of conversation using a coaching style. Changing style takes practice,  this programme will enable you to develop practical coaching skills you can apply straight away at work and in your personal life, equipping you with the coaching skills to be an effective, inclusive and compassionate leader. Key benefits of this course include building confidence to lead inclusively through meaningful conversations with diverse groups, and enabling you to build a coaching culture to support the development of high-performing teams.

Who can attend?

Open to NHS staff at all levels, no previous experience is required. This programme is for leaders to gain coaching skills and build a coaching culture within their organisations. For delegates who would like to develop a coaching approach to their leadership, this is an excellent start to your journey. 

How is it run?

Spaced across six months, this course is a 28 hour virtual learning programme delivered via Zoom . Everything taught is based on what the International Coaching Federation (ICF) define as coaching mastery. It’s practical, highly interactive with lots of opportunities for skills practice and doesn’t require an extra workload of academic assignments or assessments in addition to session learning. This approach makes learning more flexible to fit in with you.

Is there a cost?

No, this has been funded by Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning.

For more details and to book a place, click here.

New Coaching offer for Primary Care staff!

We recognise that our frontline primary care colleagues involved in the delivery of primary care services, both clinical and non-clinical, are facing unprecedented challenges through Covid-19. We are keen to ensure all staff delivering frontline primary care services feel supported to maintain their psychological wellbeing during this time, enabling them to maintain the delivery of frontline primary care.

Individual coaching support is available with a highly skilled and experienced coach. This will be a space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this. It might be that through a one-off conversation you have all the strategies you need to cope with your situation and stay well. Or you might find a few sessions helpful. It is all led by you.

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