Health coaching

Health coaching helps people gain and use the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health and wellbeing goals.

Health coaching is not embedded everywhere in the NHS, and therefore it is important to create a plan to sustain further roll out of health coaching locally across whole or parts of organisations. A health coaching role can take may different forms. It can be:

  • built into existing healthcare professional roles, i.e. existing staff are trained to use these techniques and tools within routine NHS consultations
  • dedicated health coach role – usually delivered in a primary or community care setting.

Later this year NHS England will be publishing a quality standard for commissioning of health coaching services that will be available on these web pages. This health coaching quality standard will provide a national standard against which health coaching provision can be measured and benchmarked.

Health Education England published a Health Coaching Quality Framework that seeks to inform the commissioning of high quality training programmes aimed at developing coaching skills for health professionals to support patient activation and self-management.