COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching

COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching offers pro bono coaching to frontline healthcare workers on demand, for as long as they want.


Just three weeks ago pictures from an intensive care unit in Italy, struggling to cope with Covid -19 hit our TV screens.  Like many others I was struck by the speed of this virus spreading across the globe. How long before it hits our shores too?

The next day, 19 March I spotted a LinkedIn post Pro Bono Coaching for Healthcare Workers by Mark McMordie, CEO of The Conscious Leader. I got in touch.

It’s my privilege to be part of core team behind the COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching programme.


COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching


We set up the programme in just ten days.  We’ve already started delivering pro bono coaching to healthcare workers, on demand and for as long as participants want it.

Guided by the consultant anesthetist on our team, we’re well into the initial pilot. The first coaching sessions for staff in the anesthetics department of a central London hospital have taken place. Further sessions are lined up and we are rolling the programme out to the intensive care, and accident and emergency departments. We aim to expand to other London hospitals and to hospitals elsewhere in the country. Demand is growing exponentially.

The core team is working intensively to deliver a professional, high-quality, scalable, coaching programme at speed.  We are delighted that the programme also has support from supervisors, trauma specialists, counsellors and therapists. Just a few days after the coaching began, feedback from those receiving it has been extremely positive.

We’re expecting take-up of the programme to snowball, particularly as the peak of the COVID-19 wave starts to hit.  Demand is likely to continue growing after the peak as COVID-19 leaves distress, exhaustion and trauma in its wake.

The core team is constantly reinforcing the ethos of the programme in its interactions.  We are proof that compassion, psychological safety, and a results focus are compatible!

The desire to be of service trumps all. There are no commercial interests.  All materials are shared generously and no one is claiming any exclusive ownership rights.

The COVID-19 Lockdown is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Being part of this team is exceptional too – humbling and exhilarating in equal measure.


If you’re a qualified coach or supervisor who recognises what it means to be human, and you’d like to offer your services, please complete this application form.


Add your resources to those of a core team fuelled by The Conscious Leader, the Academy of Executive Coaching, Lee Hecht Harrison, Coaching at Work magazine, Lindsay Wittenberg Ltd and Visible Dynamics.


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