Our Health Coach Course

Core Skills in Health Coaching: providing the knowledge, skills and techniques needed by practitioners to make a mindset shift in how they approach their consultations and integrate health coaching into their roles

Our Core Skills in Health Coaching Programme

Who is this programme for?

Our 2 day Core Skills in Health Coaching programme is 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 programme is on supporting practitioners to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to integrate health coaching into their current roles to encourage personalised care.

Our course provides 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.

What does 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. It is 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. The programme also provides 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, online learning sessions or a series of e-learning based health coaching shots which comprise brief inputs and memory aids to support participants in the application of their learning after the workshop.

How is the Health Coach programme accredited?


This programme:

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, 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

PCI Curriculum

Our 2 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 and 2 learning outcomes listed in PCI curriculum)

The programme also incorporates:

  • Motivational interviewing (level 1 and 2 learning outcomes listed in PCI curriculum)
  • Supporting behaviour change (level 1 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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