Accredited Skills in Health Coaching

Our EMCC foundation level programme is for organisations that want to develop dedicated roles in health coaching, or a specialised health coaching service

Our Accredited Health Coaching programme

Who is the programme for?

Our 4 day Accredited Skills in Health Coaching programmes are designed for individuals who want to become “health coaches”, and organisations that want to develop dedicated roles in health coaching, a specialised health coaching service, or internal health coaching champions and trainers. It is suitable for practitioners from all health, care, community and voluntary sectors.

What do participants learn?

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

What does the health coaching programme include?

The programme is generally structured as a 4 day-long workshop, delivered over a period of 2-4 months 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 the programme accredited?

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This programme:

  • Is accredited 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.
  • Is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at the Foundation Level. To receive this EQA award, participants are required to pass a skills assessment, demonstrate evidence of practice and undertake reflection about practice. With additional practice hours, participants can then apply for an individual accreditation (EIA) with the EMCC. The programme can be a progression route to our other health coaching and coaching programmes
  • Is approved for CPD by the UK Health Coaches Association
  • Can be officially approved for CPD by professional bodies
  • Is recognised as industry best practice through Better Conversation

What does the programme cover?

Our programme

  • 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
  • Detailed understanding of self-management support and associated techniques
  • Detailed understanding of the core concepts and principles of personalised care, shared decision making, patient activation, health behaviour change, self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation and assets-based approaches
  • Proficiency in a wide range of health coaching tools, techniques, skills and mindsets
  • The principles and application of positive psychology
  • Providing information and supporting adherence using a coaching style
  • Understanding behaviour change approaches and working positively with resistance to change and ambivalence
  • Understanding when health coaching is an effective approach and its limitations
  • Tailoring interventions to lower levels of health literacy and different levels of activation
  • Roles and boundaries in delivering health coaching
  • Health coaching as a consultation model and associated skills in time management, programmatic and sessional goals, problem solving, record keeping, etc.
  • A wide range of health coaching models, conversation frames and techniques and the ability to deploy them appropriately
  • Advanced skills practice in health coaching models, conversation frames and techniques with constructive feedback from expert practitioners
  • Practical Skills Assessment and feedback
  • Action-planning to deliver health coaching into your specific role in a way that’s consistent with the values and expectations of your setting

PCI Curriculum

Our 4 day programme maps to the PCI Curriculum in the following ways:

Core communication and relationship building skills

  • The course addresses all the skills listed as core communication skills and skills in building trusting relationships

Models and approaches

The core objective of the programme is to address:

  • Health Coaching (level 1, level 2 and some elements of level 3 learning outcomes listed in PCI curriculum)

The programme also incorporates (in order of emphasis or relevance):

  • Motivational interviewing (level 1, level 2 and some elements of level 3 learning outcomes listed in PCI curriculum)
  • Supporting behaviour change (level 1 and some elements of level 2 learning outcomes listed in PCI curriculum)
  • Patient activation – primarily about tailoring conversations
  • Health literacy - primarily about tailoring conversations

Comprehensive Model for Personalised Care:

This course is primarily related to the component of “Supported self-management” and links well to the “Social prescribing and community-based support” while also provides methodologies and conversation frames to support “Shared decision making” and “Personalised Care and Support Planning”

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