Recruitment of additional PSU coaches and mentors


We wish to recruit some new members of the coaching and mentoring team of the Professional Support Unit (PSU) within Health Education England- Thames Valley. I invite you to read the accompanying information and submit an application if you wish to be considered. I hope you will want to join our friendly and supportive team of experienced coaches.

In selecting new coaches we will be looking both at the personal qualities and experience of the individual and to balance the mix of locations and specialties of our entire team of coaches and mentors, so that we can provide our services across the whole Thames Valley area. Ninety percent of the PSU’s work is providing support to doctors in training in Oxford PGMDE programmes and posts. Of these, around half of our trainee cases want help with making career choices, whilst around half need support with improving their performance in order to progress satisfactorily through their training. The remaining ten percent of our work is with doctors in established grades, a mixture of GPs, consultants and SAS doctors, and again this covers both career choices and dilemmas and performance improvement needs. There is also the possibility of working with medical undergraduates, but the mainstream of our work will continue to be with postgraduate medical, dental and pharmacy trainees.

In view of the nature of the majority of the PSU’s clients, we need our coaches to have a combination of significant recent experience in supporting doctors in training, especially where additional support has been needed over and above that normally provided by educators within the programme, and proven coaching or mentoring skills based on some recognised training.

Our PSU coaches are all self-employed contractors. Their time is reimbursed at a standard rate of £100 per hour for face to face meetings, and large report writing, as well as travel costs but not travel time. In addition to the direct work with cases, coaches are expected to attend 1 half day CPD meeting per year and monthly evening group supervision meetings, as well as one-to-one individual supervision sessions. In order to maintain contract with the PSU, and to support professional development in this role, we find that having supervision for the role 10 out of the 12 months of the year helpful. We expect attendance at a minimum of 6 group sessions, but most coaches try to come to as many as possible, as they find them useful, enjoyable and supportive. Additional one-to-one individual supervision will be provided usually every six to eight weeks (with the expectation of a minimum of 4 of these per year) and a supervisor is available for case discussion at other times.

We try to match work to the coach’s capacity and to keep the group of coaches to a size where everyone is working regularly. However, we cannot guarantee to offer work or that it will be regular through the year. As a minimum, PSU coaches are expected to be able to commit an average of four hours a week to PSU work, on at least two working days of the week, so that there is some flexibility in making appointments with our clients, and a flexibility to travel to where they are.

The downloadable application form includes details of our minimum requirements and completing it will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you meet these. Please send it with a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying, to Richard Stevens, Associate Director of the PSU at by 13th April 2020.

We will be interviewing a shortlist of applicants on Friday 24th April 2020.