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Coaching Approach

Coaching empowers students, allowing them to take responsibility for their learning.

  • The new NMC standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (2018) state that the student will actively participate in their own learning.
  • The NMC have moved away from mentorship to a practice supervision and assessor approach. Using a coaching approach replicates these changes and differs from a traditional 1:1 mentoring role. This approach enables an increase in the placement capacity of students and allows them to work together delivering total patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse which changes daily.
  • The practice assessor meets with the students regularly to assess their progress, review feedback and tailor their learning plan to ensure the learning outcomes are attainable and completed in a timely manner.
  • The coaching approach aims to improve student leadership skills i.e., time management, delegation, prioritisation, and escalation which leads to a more confident and competent qualified practitioner.


Coaching Model

Students are empowered to be proactive and take responsibility of their own learning. The GROW model is a simple method for goal setting and problem solving. It uses a coaching strategy to allow the learner to identify solutions to problems in a safe environment.

Grow Model


Coaching Bays

  • These are made up of - two to three students from all years on one shift working collaboratively together to deliver and plan patient care and can be a mix of Universities, Trainee Nursing Associates, Student Nurses.
  • The aim is for students to be supported by their peers; they are supernumerary and are given opportunities within the shift to gather information on areas of nursing they are unfamiliar with.
  • Students are allocated a registered nurse (coach/practice supervisor) who oversees the students in the bay.
  • The students are required to discuss and plan care alongside their coach/practice supervisor who can question their actions.
  • Students have the opportunity to develop bitesize learning outcomes, complete a reflective log and gain peer and supervisor feedback.
  • Students as they progress through their course are encouraged to take the lead by running the bay, caring for their own patient group, and delegating tasks to more junior students to support their learning.

Coaching Bay


Benefits of Coaching Bays

  • Coaching is a method of developing students by giving them control of their own learning.
  • Coach’s refrain from directly answering questions; instead trying to tease the information from the learner.
  • Improves ward learning environment.
  • Students have greater ownership and responsibility as they take the lead on patient care.
  • Allows students to develop self-awareness, competence and confidence.


Coaching Resources


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