Resource Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring

Many leaders see sourcing a coach or mentor to support and develop leadership skills and performance as essential, even the most experienced leaders benefit from coaching. In a landscape of increasing complexity, coaching and mentoring may help you reflect on what that means for your own leadership. 

The key to finding the right support is to recognise what you hope to gain by having a coach or mentor and then find someone who you feel has the right experience and style to support your development. Though this may take a little time – it is worth the investment to gain the most out of the relationship. 

You might use a coach for a defined period to support you in navigating challenging and ambiguous issues. You may work with a mentor over a longer period focusing on wider leadership skills and approaches across a career. 

People approach finding a coach differently with some individuals accessing support via the NHS Leadership Academy, or through professional organisations and networks and others negotiating directly with their Chair or CEO for resources to fund a coach. The following resources support sourcing a coach or mentor and other materials to help you think about getting the most out those relationships. 

Non-urgent advice: Sourcing a Coach or Mentor 

Leadership Academy

Chief Executive Development Network 

First time, newly appointed CEOs and accountable officers in Healthcare organisationscan have access to a dedicated transition coach who will initially welcome individuals into the network and then to help progress their individual personal learning agenda and shape network events. If you are interested, please e-mail us on [email protected]  

The Regional Leadership Academies and coaching register 

Registers of largely NHS staff who offer to coach and mentor colleagues at all levels of the service. Some of the academies have a number of executive level coaches on their books – contact your regional Leadership Academy from the links on this page. 

Non-urgent advice: External 

Expert coaching and mentoring body: European Coaching and Mentoring Council 

Exists to develop, promote and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society. Their goal is to be the ‘go to’ body in mentoring, coaching, and supervision. It has a register of accredited individuals and their competency framework. 

Expert coaching body: International Coaching Federation 

Seeks to advance the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals – it has research resources and has great tips for finding a coach. 

Professional faculty: Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management 

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), established in 2011 by all the UK medical royal colleges and faculties and endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, is the UK professional home for medical leadership. Their primary objective is to raise the standard of patient care by improving medical leadership and they have a register of coaches too. 

Coaching professional body: The Association for Coaching 

Established in 2002 and is an independent and not-for- profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising awareness and standards of coaching worldwide. 

Coaching Resources  

  • Book: BRANN, A. (2014) Neuroscience for coaches. London: Kogan Page. 
  • Book: JONES, G. and GORELL, R. (2018) How to create a coaching culture. 2nd ed. HR Fundamentals. London: CIPD and Kogan Page. 
  • Book: PARSLOE, E. and LEEDHAM, M. (2016) Coaching and mentoring: practical techniques for developing learning and performance. London: Kogan Page 

Reciprocal & Reverse Mentoring 

Reciprocal mentoring can provide a lens through which senior leaders can better understand the experience of people working in their organisation to create strategies and workplaces which improve the experience and development of staff to fulfill their own and the organisation’s potential. 

Read about how Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHCFT) has been operating in partnership with the University of Nottingham (UoN) and NHS Future Focused Finance’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Colleagues Network in order to establish the ‘reverse mentoring’ programme.