What's Coaching?

Coaching is an approach through which leadership within organisations can be developed. It's a method of developing an individual's capabilities with a particular emphasis on developing self-awareness, resilience and an understanding of the teams in which they work in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success.

This one-to-one focused and bespoke relationship can offer insights into our own strengths and areas for development; and creates a space to think differently and more creatively in order to realise our potential. 

Coaching is often perceived as the single most effective development intervention 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 areas, issues, goals and work
  • Your coach does not need direct experience of your role

Who can access coaching?

As part of our commitment to develop leadership within the East Midlands, the East Midlands Leadership Academy has a skilled group of NHS Coaches who are qualified to either ILM7 or EMCC Practitioner level that can support NHS staff Bands 6 and above.

 Why access coaching?

Research shows that there are huge personal benefits to accessing coaching, particularly at times of change.


  • Is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires individuals to maximise their personal and professional potential
  • Helps improve personal performance (closing the gap between potential and performance)
  • Helps increase morale, motivation and enthusiasm
  • Can help to reduce levels of stress
  • Improves self- confidence at all levels
  • Helps encourage a more proactive approach to addressing issues and making decisions 

All coaching is provided face to face and free of charge, and coaches will work across the East Midlands.

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