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Mr John Wilderspin


BA Honours, Durham University

Diploma in Health Services Management, Institute of Health Services Management 

Coaching Accreditation, Ashridge Business School, 2012

MBTI Step 1 qualified 

About me

I have been coaching for 7 years, during which time I have coached a wide variety of people within the NHS, including doctors working in leadership and management roles. I have coached hospital clinicians, GPs, and public health doctors, and also a range of other professional leaders and senior managers. 

I also coach groups of doctors, as a facilitator with the FMLM’s “Future Leaders” programme. We support GPs to build their leadership capability and influence, first by testing out new skills with other programme participants, and then refining them through “action-learning” in the day-job. I use my coaching skills to enable participants to develop their own leadership style, but when appropriate I can also share my own wide leadership experience      

Until 2016 I worked for the NHS for over 30 years, in a range of leadership positions. I was the Chief Executive of an acute Trust and of 3 PCTs, and also worked at a national level, delivering large scale change programmes. These included the Action on ENT programme, working with clinical colleagues across the country to redesign ENT and Audiology services, the implementation of Health and Wellbeing Boards, bringing together local councils, CCGs, and patient representatives across local systems, and most recently, as the Integration Director for NHS Improvement   

Coaching process

My aim in coaching is to help people develop and fulfil their potential, and at the same time to enjoy what they do. I support and encourage them to achieve their work-related coaching goals, but also to find a good balance between their work and their personal lives. I believe strongly that time spent reflecting and gaining greater self-knowledge are legitimate coaching goals; coaching does not always have to be focussed on tangible outcomes. I encourage people to notice the progress they are making through coaching, so they can maintain their own progress after our coaching work has concluded.  

What can I offer you?

I am very happy to work with you on whatever you want to bring to coaching. You may want to work on a specific issue or goal, you may simply want some time to reflect and take stock, or you might want to do a combination of both. I provide a safe space for people to reflect and to take control of their own development; I am very aware that my clients are working under huge pressure and have little time to “see the wood for the trees”. Where it is helpful, I am also able to be “compassionately challenging”, enabling people to change engrained habits by trying out new approaches. My clients say that they look forward to our work; we make sure it is enjoyable as well as productive!

I usually coach people face-to-face, but I also coach by phone or Skype. My coaching sessions are generally for an hour and half every 4-6 weeks. 


Which region of the UK would you be willing to coach? All regions via skype, in person in England South East and West and London 

How will you be willing to coach? Face to face and Skype 

Who will you be willing to coach? Individuals and teams 

For what medical career stages are you willing to coach? Medical students, Doctors in training, staff and associate specialists, Consultants, GPs and Medical Leaders


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