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Why coaching?

GPs spend most of their working lives talking and listening to other people, principally their patients. Creating the time to reflect on themselves and what's important to them can be difficult.

Furthermore, who listens to the helper and helps them? According to the 8th National Survey GP Worklife Study (2015), GPs reported the highest levels of stress since the surveys began in 1998 and the lowest levels of job satisfaction since the introduction of the new contract in 2004.

Coaching offers GPs the space and time to reflect on their work and their lives generally. It offers them the opportunity to:

  • think about what is important and what isn't
  • spend some time looking at what is happening in their work and their lives
  • consider a range of possible options open to them;
  • and decide what they are going to do and what they are not going to do.

Throughout this process GPs can consider their values, their priorities, elements of their performance and ultimately, if they wish, to instigate change. It is an opportunity to catch one's breath, let off steam, consider a whole range of possibilities and exercise choice.

'Coaching can be defined as a collaborative, solution-focused, results-oriented and systematic process, in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of individuals and organisations. Coaching is more about asking the right questions than telling coachees what to do.' (Anthony M Grant, 2006)

'…coaching can be useful in reducing stress by assisting to identify factors that are causing stress, develop effective strategies for change, and uncover lasting solutions.' (Hearn, 2001)

Coaching can be of equal benefit to Practice Managers, as they are subject to many of the same stresses faced by GPs and if you are a PM working in a GP practice in the BNSSG area, you can also access coaching through Avon LMC's COPE scheme.

How can I access coaching and what will it involve?

The coach's email and telephone number are available as part of the COPE scheme to enable you to make initial contact (see link on the GP Safe House Home page). A telephone conversation will establish if coaching is the right approach for you. If it is, then three sessions are provided for - these are often face-to-face meetings but may also consist of telephone, Skype/Face Time, email or a combination that suits you.

Is it confidential?

Yes it is. You have direct access to the service. No named central record could or would be kept. This is in line with the Association for Coaching (AC) and European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) global code of ethical responsibilities.

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