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About coaching

Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership within organisations can be developed. Coaching is a method of developing an individual's capabilities in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success. This one to one focused and bespoke relationship 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 focussed on specific development areas, issues, goals and work
  • Your coach does not need direct experience of your role

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

Who can access coaching?

Access as a coach to the NHS NWLA Coaching Hub requires a professional coaching qualification or equivalent experience over the past couple of years. In return the NHS NWLA will provide access to regular CPD, group supervision sessions and network learning events. Please see our Coaching Register Guidance Access document for further information.  

Access as a coachee to the NHS NWLA Coaching is open to all NHS employees working in organisations in the North West covered by the NHS North West Leadership Academy footprint (Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside and Lancashire and South Cumbria).

Coaching supervision

Coaching supervision is key to every practising coach and forms part of your coaching agreement to be part of the NHS NWLA Coaching Scheme. Supervision allows an opportunity to share learning with your peers, look at themes and challenges and develop your thinking as a coach. Also allowing valuable peer support and networking opportunities.  

Although as a Coach you may access your supervision privately for those unable to do so the NHS NWLA works with a cohort of NHS supervisors across the region who are able to provide support and access to supervision for Coaches where available through group sessions held virtually across North West organisations and in some cases virtually one to one. These sessions allow coaches to utilise structured time to reflect upon their own coaching practice and areas for development.  Supervision results in an increased ability to monitor the quality of coaching and improves the skills and understanding of coaches, resulting in greater impact at an organisational level.

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