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:

  • Trauma and coaching – 8th October 2020, 8pm – 9pm
  • Adding to your coaching toolkit – 15th October 2020, 8pm – 9pm

If you are already a registered coach and would like to book any of the above click here

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

  • Wednesday 23rd September 2020 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday 21st October 2020 2 pm- 4pm
  • Monday 09th November 2020 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 15th December 2020 2pm – 4pm
  • Monday 25th January 2021 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 23rd February 2021 2pm – 4pm
  • Monday 22nd March 2021 10am – 12pm

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

Upcoming training opportunities

Coaching Skills in leadership: coming soon

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?

We will be running:

  • 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: for anyone in a leadership or management role who wants to enact positive cultural change where they work using practical coaching skills. This will be 28 hrs of training split over a number of months and is an exciting new pilot with hope for more cohorts to run. you do not have to be a coach to attend this training.