Coaching for Health

8th February 2017


GOAL —

To better support patients to manage their own health, addressing the dramatic rise in long term conditions, the need for cost savings in all areas of healthcare and the importance of personal agency in well-being.

FUNDER —

Numerous Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, Health Education England bodies, GP Federations and Community Education Provider Networks over the last five years.

WHAT HAPPENED —

Osca have been running Coaching for Health training courses for a diverse range of healthcare professionals over the last five years. We have trained well over a thousand hundreds of participants from almost every discipline across primary and secondary care with consistently excellent feedback.

You can find out more about our approach and current projects at our dedicated website: www.coachingforhealth.org

Health coaching has been gaining prominence over recent years, being a focus of Nesta’s Realising the Value programme and also as part of NHS England’s current self-care programme. This is partly in response to the emerging evidence base* which indicates benefits in bringing about greater patient satisfaction and adherence, improved health behaviours and outcomes, as well as potentially improving care cost efficiencies.

Osca runs core two day Coaching for Health training programmes for a range of commissioning bodies, along with ongoing support activities such as: refreshers, masterclasses, group reflection sessions, webinars and regular email support.

We were also recently commissioned by Health Education England to conduct a strategic review along the Tavistock Institute into good practice in delivering health coaching and have produced a Quality Framework and Delivery Template for supporting the approach across a particular area.

For more information on Coaching for Health and our strategic review, please contact Nick Nielsen at nick.nielsen@osca.co

*The Evidence Centre (2014) ‘Does Health Coaching Work? Summary of Key Themes from a Rapid Review of Empirical Evidence’; Bell, I. et al (2002) ‘Integrative medicine and systemic outcomes research’ Archives of Internal Medicine 162: 133-140; Lawson, K. (2009) ‘Could health coaching build a bridge to a new system of healthcare?’, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 15 (5): 16-8; Jonk, Y. et al (2015) ‘How effective is health coaching in reducing health services expenditures?’ Med Care. 53 (2): 133-40

 

 

 

Photo credit: Alex Brenner

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