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Our qualified, professional coaches work with hundreds of senior leaders every year. We can provide one-to-one coaching support, which can help you to reflect, build confidence and work towards positive action and outcomes.

What is coaching?

A coach will help you to focus on your goals, to reflect and find potential solutions. In doing so, coaching can facilitate enhanced work performance, self-confidence, learning and personal growth. Coaching is different to mentoring, as a mentor provides direct advice, sharing specialist or technical knowledge to guide their mentee.

Coaching on the other hand, provides a safe, confidential space for more challenging personal development and is aimed at motivated, resourceful clients who are keen to engage in purposeful reflection, thought and development.

A typical coaching arrangement

Before you start working with a coach, we will agree a bespoke approach based on your individual needs. This could include: 

Up-to six hours of action-focussed coaching appointments

Usually 60-90 minute appointments

Online sessions, but in some cases face-to-face 

Promoting reflection, greater insight and awareness using tools and techniques


Who are the NHS Elect coaches?

All our coaches have completed at minimum an ILM Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring and are members of the Association for Coaching. Our coaches undertake regular coaching supervision and CPD. The team have all worked at a very senior level in healthcare organisations, so they understand the context in which you work, quickly building rapport, empathy and trust. Find out more about the Coaching Faculty >

Access coaching

Our coaching work is conducted on a confidential basis. You will be asked to ‘contract’ with your assigned coach and this will include a commitment to the coaching process, a responsibility to attend agreed coaching appointments and a clear set of goals. You will also be given the option to provide feedback to your coach. We will also consider bespoke ‘team coaching’ arrangements on request.

You can access coaching in the following ways:

NHS Elect members organisations
If you work at an organisation that is a full member of the NHS Elect network, you will need your local account lead to agree with the assignment of resources for coaching.

If you work in an organisation that is not a full member of the NHS Elect network, you can still access coaching but will need to have identified resources to support this. 

What our clients say

"You have a great style of putting people at ease, I feel as if I have known you for ages- it's your way of making the session more of a friendly conversation than a coaching session."
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NHS Elect coaching is a new thing for me. It's challenging in a good way, as you get me to really think and reflect - something I don't normally have time or opportunity to do."
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"Once again thank you for your great coaching and for helping to set me on the right path, in the right direction!"
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Speak to us about coaching

To find out more about our coaching services, please get in touch with our team and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.