This is a picture of some of the participants on a course on health leadership I ran in Muscat, Oman. Mentoring to provide support and guidance as a colleague is an important resource for health leaders. Coaching is also claimed to be effective, though personally I do not find this approach so helpful. My favoured approach is called buddying where two non competing colleagues get together to share their experiences and support one another. For someone learning about leadership mentoring support might be focussed on a leadership project, that is a goal driven programme set up as a development and learning experience. Finally a module is included to help train trainers to teach leadership and management skills in health.
The art of mentoring and coaching is perhaps best understood as one of listening and responding. This skill is also required in teaching children with special needs - perhaps the purest form of teaching. My friend Fran was the deputy head of Parayhouse School where other friends: Michael, Carole and Sarah also played important roles. For some time I acted as the Chair of the Trustees that ran the school as a charity. I learnt to admire their skill and patience in guiding the learning of the children in their care. People do not learn by being told what to do, they learn by discovering their answers.
Paper in SMQ on Value for Money in Behaviour Change available here.
Led by Portsmouth City Council and funded by the European Integration Fund has issued a series of reports setting out lessons for co production and social integration. Read more here. We ran a dissemination day for representatives of integration projects from 6 EU Countries.
Global Health Diplomacy
I worked with colleagues to develop training material for an open access online course, which provides an introduction to the topic suitable for diplomats in training, health advocates or international officials, academics and others including students of global health. We will run another course in September See http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/health
We ran a course for IFMSA on global health advocacy this summer and will be providing another session for them later this year before WHA see here.
Evaluating Health Wellbeing and Behaviour Change SROI
I updated the tools and notes to reflect the evidence in 2016. I provide a discovery learning course on health and wellbeing evaluation for LA and CCG commissioning teams and health professionals see here