Coaching for health and wellbeing

Coaching for health and wellbeing is the use of skilful conversation to actively engage people in health behaviour change. It’s about focussing on strengths, solutions and accountability. 

In Lincolnshire we have come together as a system to fund training for 140-160 practitioners from health and social care in 2021, looking at the techniques for talking about health and wellbeing. In addition, ten practitioners who complete the training will also complete a further accredited programme.

Coaching for health and wellbeing helps practitioners support people to understand how they can proactively care for themselves and manage their own health and wellbeing. Practitioners will be given practical tools to help with the emotionally challenging aspects of their role.

Many who have completed the programme and use this coaching approach report an increase in job satisfaction.

The programme consists of four half-day sessions, which are delivered online and a half day refresher session, to support embedding of learning.

The programme is being delivered by TPC Health who are accredited by the Personalised Care Institute (PCI).

Achievements to date

Since June 2021, we have 160 practitioners already undergoing the Coaching for Health and Wellbeing Programme. Below is some of the feedback received so far.

In the video below, Helen Kennedy, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator Skegness & Coast, talks about what she thought of the Coaching for Health and Wellbeing Programme.

Please click on the sections below for more information.

Case Studies / Quotes

“Having attended the “Coaching for Health and Wellbeing” training this year, I can honestly say it has made a huge impact on how I deliver my appointments. Health coaching has enabled me to feel more confident within my role, as well as providing me with the tools I needed to help participants take ownership of their own journeys. It is key to identifying different talking models and techniques to ‘frame’ conversations for the participant to make their own choices and come up with their own ideas and decisions.”
NHS Link Worker

"I have to say I have used the model at work, and at home on my 9-year-old. It's amazing to see just how much people really do know, deep down, what they want, and that they usually have the answers themselves, if allowed to mentally stop, breathe, and think about it in a supportive environment."

"I think mostly I have learnt to not go in my professional predisposition of trying to fix their problems, or what I professionally perceive as their problems. I have learnt to be quite, or the "silent witness" as call it (which for me is very hard)."

"The course is really good, informative and they do try to really engage staff. Main issues would be, as ever, all of us feeling pressured in the background with workloads, but it was really nice to form some working relationships with other professionals, and step back and have something for myself for a few hours a week for 4 weeks."

Faye Wickenden         
Practice Care Co-ordinator (PCC - RGN) for Long Sutton & Sutton Bridge Surgeries 

"Having recently attended training sessions for Coaching and Wellbeing, I have reflected on what I have l have gained and how I have gone on to use this approach with other people. The most obvious gain for me was gaining more confidence in myself to be able to speak with a greater understanding of the Coaching principles. Having the opportunity to see professionals demonstrate the process of coaching, and seeing that person receiving coaching to be able to realise for themselves what their main problem really was instead of their initial thoughts of their problem was quite empowering."

"I do not see patients face to face, but I do support a close family member with life limiting health conditions and have been using Coaching principles with her prior to my learning sessions, but feel I have gained more skills since completing this course. I was previously definitely a fixer, taking on all the responsibilities of making things right myself, which quite frankly was exhausting, but taking away their power to make changes for themselves also."

"Through the coaching process, we have made great steps forwards over the last few weeks, identifying, what matters to them and how we can continue to support changes using the coaching principles. I have spoken to her over the weekend about how she feels this has worked, she said it felt she has more control over some of the issues she is facing and has enabled them to move forward at a steady safer pace."

"Also as health and Wellbeing Lead for our team, I have noticed that I can apply this process when staff come to me and say, I feel this, or I’m struggling with this, it’s easier now to say well what could you do to make this feel better for you, than me saying ok I will try and sort this out. So overall the Coaching experience has been very rewarding and I would certainly recommend people attending further sessions, and for those who say, oh I don’t have time, that’s totally the reason you should say, yes please can I come."

Linda J Smith, Training & Development Manager - Allied Health South Lincolnshire Ltd.

Want to know more?

If would like to find out more about Coaching for Health and Wellbeing for you or your team please contact:

Project Manager for Personalisation (ICS) – Emma.Townend@nhs.net

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