An evaluation undertaken by the Oxford AHSN of the NHS South East Leadership Academy Bitesize Coaching offer provided an insight into how staff are feeling. It highlighted how a 45-minute coaching session helped staff find ways through the pressures of work/life during a pandemic. The overarching theme was that the coaching session created space to breathe in a non-judgemental environment, enabling staff to discover immediate coping strategies and build longer term plans. It also allowed them to be honest with how they were feeling without a sense of letting anyone down.
Here is what some staff had to say:
- “It felt like a gift of time and conversation”
- “It gave me permission to take care of myself”
- “The session brought hope of stability”
- “If we all do coaching, culture will change”