Health Education England

Coaching and Mentoring


What is Coaching?

Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership within organisations can be developed. It is a method of deploying techniques to help leaders unlock his / her own potential to access his / her own resources and capabilities in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success. Whether as a one to one focused and bespoke relationship or within a group context, coaching is often perceived as the single most effective development intervention that a senior leader in the NHS can access.

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

What is Mentoring

Mentoring is the support and guidance of one individual to another to support and expand professional development. The emphasis is on the needs of the individual with mentoring encouraging independence, autonomy and self-development whilst helping to identify opportunities for future development.

These collective improvements in an individual’s performance can lead to increased job satisfaction, while they also help to support the link between an individual’s role and their impact on patient care, benefiting the organisation and the NHS as a whole.

  • Ongoing relationship that can last for a long time
  • Can be more informal with meetings when the mentee needs some space and time to think, guidance or support
  • Focus is on long-term career and personal development
  • Mentor is usually a more experienced person working in the same sector

Who can access Coaching?

Whilst coaching could be useful for everyone at different stages in their career, the overall coaching capacity has to be targeted most effectively.

You can access the coaching register as a coachee if you are:

  • Leadership programme participants and alumni
  • A Band 4 or above working in the NHS in East of England (Please discuss and agree this with your manager as part of your personal development plan, prior to seeking a coach)

Who can access Mentoring

You can access the East of England Leadership Academy Mentoring Scheme if you are:

  • • A Band 4 or above working in the NHS in East of England (Please discuss and agree this with your manager as part of your personal development plan, prior to seeking a mentor)

Why access Coaching?

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

Coaching...:

  • Is a thought-proving and creative process that inspires individuals to maximise their personal and professional potential
  • Helps improve 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

Why access Mentoring

Mentoring really is something that can benefit everyone. As well as helping the mentee develop and advance through their career, the mentor can gain extra skills and understanding from the partnership.

Mentoring...

  • Can assist you in setting goals to achieve professional and personal success
  • Helps prompt thought about career development and develop solutions to career issues
  • Can provide guidance on areas you are unfamiliar with
  • Helps increase motivation and confidence
  • Can provide a welcome point of stability during a time of change

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