Core Skills in Health Coaching

Providing practitioners with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to make a mindset shift in how they approach their consultations and integrate health coaching into their roles.

Who is this programme for?

Our 2 day Core Skills in Health Coaching programmes are designed to support practitioners from all health, care, community and voluntary sectors to learn how to use health coaching effectively in their current roles.

What do participants learn?

The focus of the programmes is on supporting practitioners to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to integrate health coaching into their current roles to support personalised care.


Our programmes provide practitioners with the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the principles of health coaching and behaviour change, while providing a practical set of tools that they can apply immediately in their work.

The programme will cover:

  • Structuring conversations using a coaching approach
  • Understanding the psychological basis of coaching and its application in health and care settings
  • Active listening, effective questioning and supportive challenge skills
  • Building trust and rapport and the implications for behaviour change
  • Shared agenda setting, collaborative goal setting and effective follow up planning
  • The core concepts and principles of personalised care, shared decision making, patient activation, health behaviour change, self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation and assets-based approaches
  • A wide range of health coaching tools, techniques, skills and mindsets
  • Providing information and supporting adherence using a coaching style
  • Understanding when health coaching is an effective approach and its limitations
  • Tailoring interventions to lower levels of health literacy and different levels of activation
  • Skills practice in health coaching models, conversation frames and techniques with constructive feedback from expert practitioners
  • Action-planning to integrate health coaching into your current role in a way that’s consistent with the values and expectations of your setting

Specific content will be discussed with commissioners in advance and will be tailored to meet the needs of your specific service, organisation or system.

What will the programme experience include?

The programme is generally structured as 2 separate day-long workshops, delivered a week or two apart to allow participants to practice their developing skills. Prior to the workshop participants are onboarded through an online session and reflective briefing pack.

This is a highly interactive programme with an emphasis on skill practice and development. The programme will be delivered using a highly participative and experiential learning process supported by expert input. We will create many opportunities to practice skills and challenge participants to identify how they can apply their learning to their own work place settings. Further, the programme will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss applications of health coaching in your system, develop relationships and network together with the intention of creating a community of practice.

We emphasise skills for embedding health coaching through on-going practice, reflection and planning as reflexive practitioners. We follow-up these programmes with webinars and online learning sessions or a series of e-learning based health coaching shots that comprise brief inputs and memory aids to support participants in the application of their learning after the workshop.

How is this programme accredited?

This programme:

  • Is approved by the Personalised Care Institute
  • Meets the standards for training health, social care and voluntary sector staff to use health coaching skills as recommended by NHS England and NHS Improvement Health Coaching: Implementation and Quality Summary Guide
  • Can be officially approved for CPD by professional bodies
  • Is recognised as industry best practice through Better Conversation, and NHS National Innovation Accelerator programme

Information Resource

Our Health Coaching model

The effective provision of health coaching requires practitioners to integrate three areas

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Our track record and expertise

A TPC Health Coaching training will give you access to the most experienced providers of Health Coaching training in the UK 

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Our application of Health Coaching

Health coaching is an umbrella term used to describe many different interventions

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Our partnership with Better Conversation

We are proud to be the industry partners for Better Conversation.  The movement has been led by our colleague Dr. Penny Newman.

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Find out more about TPC Health

We recognise that each organisation is unique. Please contact us to discuss your needs and we’ll be pleased to design a solution with you.