Research indicates that team coaching in the NHS improves team performance, which in turn improves patient outcomes (source: International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring Special, 2011). The Trust was a pioneer in this area, being the first to undertake cross-functional team coaching across the whole organisation, bringing together staff who have a direct impact on patient outcomes through its Team ASPH coaching programme.
Lane4 has worked with the Trust on its team coaching programme since it started in 2012. Louise McKenzie, Director of Workforce Transformation at Ashford St. Peters NHS Foundation Trust, comments, “Our aim is to create good team dynamics, work better across traditional clinical hierarchies, encourage new ways of thinking and working, and build on the strengths of team members to complement one another’s skills. It’s true to say that Lane4 had to overcome some initial scepticism in running team coaching sessions, but the benefits of helping teams to drive their own performance have become evident in a number of departments.”