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Coaching through Covid initiative offering pro bono coaching for key workers moves onto next phase

Gina Lodge | 07/05/2020

“Just wanted to highly recommend this programme. I’ve just had my 2nd session with my coach and all the misconceptions that I had about coaching have disappeared. I’ve found the programme really helpful so far and it has definitely helped me find order in the chaos!”

“Resilience coaching is priceless in the time of crisis. I am sure you have already thanked the coaches on behalf on ITU but please let them know how grateful we are.”  

 “Really important during this crisis”

“Just wanted to say that I feel like I’ve really struck gold with my coach. Had my second session yesterday and felt so much better afterwards. Thank you for everything you are doing”

 “And now, I truly think it is the incredible and proactive support we’ve been receiving that is keeping us going through this crisis. Definitely agree that the coaching is really good for identifying signs we need to respond to, which we may otherwise ignore and perhaps could have got through if times were a little different.”

 “Having had my second coaching session yesterday, I am amazed by what the programme offers. Pure life changer and I’m so pleased I signed up. Suddenly, I can identify resources already available to me that I can utilise to build resilience.”

The above is some of the highly positive feedback from coachees on the pilot Coaching through Covid (CTC) programme. The pro-bono key worker coaching scheme is now set to roll out further, following highly positive feedback from front line coachee participants in a five-week ‘rapid prototype’ in the Royal Free NHS Trust. Hundreds of qualified experienced and psychologically minded coaches are waiting in the wings.

CTC is supported by the Academy of Executive Coaching, Ashridge Business School, Henley Business School, The Conscious Leader, Visible Dynamics, Lindsay Wittenberg Ltd, Lee Hecht Harrison, Liz Hall Coaching, Coaching at Work, the Centre for Coaching, and two of the leading professional coaching bodies, the UK International Coach Federation, and the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision, with others set to follow suit. The programme will be available for as long as there’s a need for it.

Guided by the consultant anaesthetist on our team, the rapid prototype saw coaching delivered to almost 50 staff including from the Royal Fee’s anaesthetics, intensive care, and accident and emergency departments. 

The core team is working intensively and agilely to deliver a professional, high-quality, scalable, coaching programme, supported by reflective group practice, trauma specialists, counsellors, and therapists, at speed.

“The coaches we’re looking to deploy might be described as operating at later stages of coaching maturity. In part this is about level of professional accreditation, but it’s also about the psychological depth they bring and their capacity to take a more relational approach.  One of our core values is ‘do no harm’ so we have clear professional boundaries in working alongside chaplains, for example, and having clear referral routes where necessary. In addition we’re offering regular reflective practice groups to complement personal supervision, trauma awareness sessions and other CPD drawing on specialists in wellbeing and compassion fatigue,” said The Conscious Leader CEO Mark McMordie, who first came up with the idea for the initiative, and who is enabling and facilitating the project.

Demand is likely to continue growing in the aftermath of the peak as it leaves distress, exhaustion, and trauma in its wake.

The ethos of the programme is constantly reinforced in the interactions of the core team, as we endeavour to demonstrate that compassion, psychological safety, and a results focus are compatible.

The desire to be of service trumps all. There are no commercial interests, and all materials are shared generously without any exclusive ownership being claimed.

We are continuing to build a community of professionals who, in addition to being highly professional and experienced, are:

  • Not wedded to one single model and who are able to where appropriate draw on approaches focusing on ‘being’, such as Gestalt, mindfulness, somatics and the like
  • Psychologically-informed, including around working with trauma, distress, and other mental health issues
  • Compassionate
  • In individual supervision but also participating in the reflective group practice sessions
  • Appropriately qualified
  • Able to evidence appropriate credentials, including PCC or MCC, or the equivalent

Ways to support us include:

  • Resourcing the core team on an ad hoc basis through specialist input
  • Signposting the core team to further specialists
  • Informing your network of the programme
  • Writing about the programme

If you're a qualified coach or supervisor or specialist in an area you think may be relevant, and you’d like to offer your services, please complete this application form.

Thanks in advance for your support,

Coaching through Covid team

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