Nominate your team for coaching


Would your team be interested in learning how to continuously improve what they do?


The aim of the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy is to help give frontline teams the knowledge and skills to continuously improve how they deliver care.

From September 2013 we have been coaching teams across Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Childrens, Sheffield Health and Social Care and beyond. A number of coaches trained by the Academy are available to work with teams that would like to get involved in improvement work.

In using this approach your team will gain a deeper understanding of their system and learn how to improve that system with the help of an improvement coach, improvement tools/techniques and a structured process.

A coach will remain with the team until they are confident enough to continue testing improvements without the assistance of a coach.

How does this work in practical terms?


The Academy provides a framework for each coach to work through with their team.  The framework provides a structure with which each team can ASSESS, DIAGNOSE and TREAT the system where they work for the benefit of the patient and professionals who work in those systems.

This is not a short term solution and a commitment to seeing the process through is required.

Are there any pre-requisites for the MCA to agree to assigning a team with a coach?


We ask that each microsystem puts forward two of its most senior staff to attend our One Day Introduction to Qualtiy Improvement Course. This course has been designed to give attendees a basic understanding of quality improvement theory and is aimed at developing healthcare leaders and microsystem members already or about to be involved in improvement work. The course provides an excellent platform for leaders to gain a grounding in how they can best support and enable improvement work at the front line. 

External NHS staff and internal STH staff should apply to join this course by emailing Jessica Huntington

What is required of the team being coached?


  • Time commitment to do the work (minimum one hour a week).
  • Team commitment (representatives from all staff groups in the microsystem at each meeting).
  • Somewhere to display data collected by the team.
  • An open minded approach to understand the problem before defining the solution.


If you might be interested in applying to have your team coached by a Microsystem Improvement Coach please complete the application form by clicking here.

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