Our coaching programme is open to all Yorkshire and Humber trainees along with our Senior Educators / Trainers.

What is coaching?

Coaching is time for you to think.  Your coach won’t judge you, or give you advice.  This means it is ok to talk about anything that you feel gets in the way of you doing your best at work. You can really think things through in a way that is different to talking things over with a friend, partner, TPD or Educational Supervisor - all people who tend to have another agenda for you.  Your coach will support you, and challenge you if necessary, to help you reach a conclusion that is helpful and meaningful to you.

Your sessions are completely confidential - your coaching is nothing to do with your performance in training, or your ARCP.

Who else has coaching?

Coaching is a normal professional activity in many jobs.  The GMC, plus many medical colleges and curricula recognise its benefits.

I am still not sure what coaching actually is?

Here is a BBC programme about business coaching you might find helps to explain what a coach does:

Here is an article from BMJ careers focus:

What do other trainees who have had coaching say about it?

Take a look at just a few of the testimonials received from previous coachees below.

Where do I get coaching?

We have a list of experienced coaches based across Yorkshire and Humber waiting to help you, to access the list simply contact with your name, grade, place of work and specialty so we can send you are coaches profiles.   If you are a Senior Educator / Trainer please state this on your request.

You can choose a coach local to you so you won’t have to travel too far. Some coaches offer coaching via phone or skype so that is always an option if travel is a problem. Some coaches run their sessions at their place of work, some at their home, some at HEE offices.

How long is a session?

Usually 60 to 90 minutes.  You can have between 4 and 6 free sessions with a coach.  It tends to work best if you have all your sessions within a 6 month window.  This isn’t a hard and fast rule, we just notice that people get more out of coaching if they commit to it, rather than let it drift.

Got more questions?

See our FAQs or contact us:




Eight cohorts of educational supervisors have already been trained to be coaches on the 7-day coach training programme run for us by SquareStar Ltd. and Matt Driver Consulting.

Coaching Skills

The documents below contain the outline of the course, and the reading list, for information.

Programme Briefing Pack

Reading List

Application process

Applications are now closed but please keep an eye on our website or contact the team via if you are interested in making an application in future.  

This is a competitive application process due to a limited number of spaces available so please make sure you consider this when completing your application.  Please ensure you can commit to all 7 days before submitting an application.

Please note: Applicants must have an educational role within HEE to be eligible to apply.

CPD and Supervision Requirements

Our coaches are required to attend a minimum of two CPD/Supervision events per year.  The dates and venues for the next CPD events are:




How to book

1st July 2019

Matt Driver & Sandra Grealy 

Willow Terrace Road, Leeds


2nd July 2019

Matt Driver & Sandra Grealy

Willow Terrace Road, Leeds


2nd October 2019 Matt Driver & Sandra Grealy

Willow Terrace Road, Leeds

3rd October 2019 Matt Driver & Sandra Grealy

Willow Terrace Road, Leeds

4th October 2019 Matt Driver & Sandra Grealy

Willow Terrace Road, Leeds


Past CPD events have covered:

1. Building resilience for coach and coachee

Resilience is about a person’s capacity to handle difficult times and also about their ability to ‘bounce-back’ after a set-back or disappointment.  So it is crucially important in coaching where, by definition, there is some kind of change agenda.  How can you help your coachee remain resourceful in the face of difficult circumstances, of uncertainty caused by organisational change, or faced with inappropriate behaviour of people around them?

Similarly, coaches are not immune from these challenges and retaining a positive internal state is vital if we are to coach effectively.
This CPD event will provide knowledge and tools, from Positive Psychology and elsewhere, to use immediately in your coaching.  It will also offer a lot of useful ideas which you can use yourself.

 2. Being your best:  Building on strengths to lead and work effectively

If you are a doctor, then you are in a leadership role:  at least part of the time.  Current research tells us that you will be at your most effective if you know your own natural areas of strength and work to make these not just good, but outstanding.

This workshop will be based on recent psychology research into strengths and their use.  It will look at the mindset which underpins the strengths approach, how to identify and build core strengths – and crucially too, what to do about weaknesses.

As coaches, we need to help people gain insight into themselves.  Working with strengths – ie ‘what works’ more than with ‘what needs fixing’ - can be motivating and liberating for our coachees.  As a coach you will find this research important for your own development too.

3. Career Coaching – building your toolkit as a coach

Career choices, dilemmas and challenges are some of the commonest issues we encounter and work with in coaching.  It is an area where we can draw upon an extensive range of tools, techniques and approaches to add great value for our coachees - supporting them in making decisions that are not only personally congruent, but also acknowledging the broader context of their lives.

This workshop will look at some of the most typical dilemmas and challenges in the in the career-coaching cycle, looking at topics such as working with coachees to assess the need for change, helping coachees to get deeper insight and clarity into their values and drivers and the use of psychometrics to capture their personal ‘brand’. 

We will also look at working with coachees to help them present themselves on paper and in person, and handling interviews and assessments.

4. Coaching at Transitions and Life Stages

This workshop looks at coaching individuals through key transition points and stages in their lives.  Some may be specific events such as moving jobs or redundancy or more global events such as becoming a parent or entering that span of time often called mid life.  

It will draw upon psychological concepts from a range of disciplines – lifespan development, positive psychology, management theory and sociology to help you build insight and confidence in using your coaching expertise more broadly.  We will explore the tensions between change and continuity and the recurring themes of identity, values, purpose, sense of loss and letting go of roles and discuss and experience tools, techniques and coaching approaches to work successfully with these.

This CPD event will also consider generational factors and the different experiences and expectations of “veterans” through to “Generation Y” and “Z” and helpful approaches when coaching different groups.  


Individual coaching episodes will be subject to evaluation from both coach and coachee.  Results will be amalgamated and used to inform requirements for future provision of the service.  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and anonymised for reporting purposes.

Coachee Evaluation Survey.

Take the Coachee Evaluation Survey to submit your feedback about your Coaching experience. 

Useful Links and Documents

Below you will find a list of useful links and documents specific to coaches.

Below is a Powerpoint presentation for use by coaches to promote the coaching scheme.


Coach Profiles

For a full list of available coaches please send an email to the team via with your name, grade, place of work and specialty. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.


What do other trainees who have had coaching say about it?

 Here are a variety of feedback comments from our coachees:


      "I will stay in medicine!"

      "Coaching provided different view-points and perspectives in a very supportive and non-judgemental space. I valued the confidential environment in which to voice concerns. I feel more confident and more resilient."

      "Coaching is superb - I wish it was more widely available. I want to train as a coach in the future."

      "Coaching has helped me improve my ability to time-manage/prioritise and will also improve my performance when managing ward patients and especially on-calls."

     " I feel more comfortable with uncertainty. I think about the organisational aspects of my life in a more positive way.  I am more proactive in addressing my PDP needs and asking for help."

      "Coaching has helped me be less stressed and I will be able to deliver better patient care."

      "Coaching helped me recognise and accept the dysfunctional leadership styles at my workplace so I can get the most out of my training."

     " I will be more assertive and confident when communicating so I can get the best for my patients quickly."

     " I am now clear about my preferences and priorities in life so am happy with my training. I feel more encouraged to work harder and carry on."

      "Coaching is enabling me to get the most out of my training and therefore enhance my ability as a clinician."

"Whilst my coaching sessions focused on many different themes, one theme was regarding career planning and progression. Before participating in coaching I had not thought about the number of options available, nor did I truly understand about what provided me with true job satisfaction. Coaching gave me to confidence to apply for job promotions, whilst allowing me to focus my attention on what mattered to me when applying for jobs/ speaking to prospective employers."


Code of Practice

Coaching is an important professional activity which adds value to training and education. Our coaches operate within an ethical framework set out in the Code of Practice below.  We expects coaches to see a minimum of 3 coachees per year, and participate in CPD and supervision.  Coaches and coachees both need to read the Code of Practice and sign the Coaching Agreement within it.