Coaching Case Study
Rhoda is Director of AHP, Nursing & Midwifery in NHS Orkney. The organisation had been in flux for a number of years, with several different Chief Executives and indeed senior leaders, including a period where Rhoda was acting as CEO. There had been so many changes to Rhoda’s role during this period of turbulence, and at the time of coaching, Rhoda had just settled back into her role of Nursing Director.
The coaching contract was set up to support Rhoda as part of a Nursing scholarship. In this, her desire was to reconnect with the foundations of good nursing care, whilst taking the latest thinking into her practice. She wanted all staff to reconnect with some of the fundamentals, getting back to high quality patient care as the focus.
The commission for the coaching was, in Rhoda’s words:
- to strengthen the boundaries of my own role
- strengthen influence
- reposition myself at Board level after years of covering a variety of ‘bits’ of other roles
- get my own sense of worth back and identify future priorities for myself
The coaching contract lasted a year, including early shaping of specific goals around Rhoda’s role in the organisation. Specific themes arose during the course of the contract, including influencing staff specifically and collectively, values & beliefs, and her role as strategic leader in the organisation.
The work was very tangible throughout the contract, attached to specific scenarios that were planned for during the sessions. The coaching included both space for quality reflection, and for active discovery through the use of Gestalt and drama techniques.