Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy


The overall aim of the Sheffield MCA is to improve quality, safety and value within the Sheffield health care system through coaching interdisciplinary professional groups to be able to provide exceptional care and continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness.  The Sheffield MCA is supported in this aim by the Health Foundation's Shared Purpose Programme.

Coach the Coach Training

Each cohort consists of 25-30 colleagues from across Sheffield's Healthcare System and beyond. These individuals will be trained by the Sheffield MCA. The course is based upon a programme adapted from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the USA. The Dartmouth team have been researching, coaching and leading clinical microsystem development since the early 1980s. They teach the Microsystem Academy’s eCoach the coach (eCTC) programme which offers an innovative and rigorous action learning curriculum in the art and science of coaching interdisciplinary microsystem groups. The Sheffield MCA is based on this eCTC programme translated for the local context.


The duration of the course is six months, during which time each participant will work with a microsystem multidisciplinary team who must be willing and able to engage in regular quality improvement work.

Participants are asked to identify a microsystem for coaching by the start of the course. Over a period of five months you will receive training and support which will enable you to effectively coach a multidisciplinary team. You will then work with a microsystem and engage in weekly quality improvement work, learning how to coach and develop skills within that team so they are equipped to recognise and implement change successfully and sustainably in future.

Read more about the programme here

Its been a great experience and continues to benefit me. I've encouraged others to take on coaching and will continue to do so

It is a fantastic course.  Whilst it is challenging at times, it is one of the most rewarding things I have done.  It has shaped how I see change in the NHS and how leadership needs to be more about building capability 

It was life changing, and I mean at scale. Hundreds and hundreds of staff are benefiting from this - just translate that to the number of patients! Looking at STP - level rollout now

Cohort Dates

  • Cohort 1 - September 2012 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 2 - February 2013 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 3 - September 2013 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 4 - June 2014 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 5 - February 2015 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 6 - September 2015 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 7 - May 2016 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 8 - January 2017 - COMPLETED
  • Cohort 9 - September 2017 - FULL
  • Cohort 10 - June 2018 - APPLY NOW

To read some more feedback in the coaches survey please click here

Time Commitment

Please note that participation in all sessions (see the dates below) is mandatory so please ensure you are able to attend all of the dates listed above before attending the course. Submission of all assignments is required for completion of the course.

Applicants should be aware that before each session there is a significant amount of material to read to get the most out of the course.

In addition to the convened programme you will also need to set aside time on a weekly basis to prepare for and coach your microsystem, on average 2-6 hours a week. There will also be a requirement for you to prepare and submit short monthly reports between each session on your development as a coach and the progress of your microsystem. We therefore advise that you will need your line manager to support you taking between 5-8 hours a week for the duration of the 6 month course. The coaching programme requires you to attend the course for six months and then you will be coaching a team (once a week) for at least 18-24 months after this. Time commitment for the 6 month course is broken down as follows

  • 7 course dates
  • 2-3 hours a week for reading, homework and assignments
  • 2-3 hours a week to prepare for and coach your microsystem

Post course commitement is as follows:

  • 1-3 hours a week to prepare for and coach your microsystem for 18-24 months

Cohort 9 Dates (now full)

  • Half Day Introduction - 14th September 2017 12:30-16:30
  • Session 1 - 10 - 12 October 2017  (3 Full Days)
  • Session 2 - 30th November 2017 12:30-16:30
  • 1 day Introduction to Quality Improvement course - 7th December 2017 09:00-17:00
  • Session 3 - 11th January 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Session 4 - 8th February 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Session 5 - 8th March 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Graduation - 29th March 2018 09:00-16:30
  • Click here for directions to the Royal Hallamshire

Cohort 10 Dates (may be subject to change)

  • Half Day Introduction - 28th June 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Session 1 - 4th - 6th September 2018  (3 Full Days)
  • Session 2 - 4th October 2018 12:30-16:30
  • 1 day Introduction to Quality Improvement course - 25th October 2018 09:00-17:00
  • Session 3 - 8th November 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Session 4 - 6th December 2018 12:30-16:30
  • Session 5 - 10th January 2019 12:30-16:30
  • Graduation - 31st January 2019 09:00-16:30
  • Click here for directions to the Royal Hallamshire



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