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Our research and innovation work in the field of coaching is inspired by and informs our work with undergraduate medical students, Imperial faculties, local community and global institutions. This work has led to transformational changes in undergraduate medical education at Imperial and attracted attention nationally and globally.  

We run RCP-accredited training in learner-centred coaching skills for Imperial medical educators in conjunction with the Imperial Educational Development Unit (EDU). We also develop and run innovative coaching training courses for Imperial medical students (including those undertaking longitudinal integrated clerkships), and our research has found that training students in coaching skills can support them to develop person-centred approaches to healthcare and skills in supporting behaviour change, as well as developing advanced interpersonal communication skills, study skills, and a solution focused mindset to support reflection, resilience and wellbeing. Our Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) in Coaching Skills for Learner-centred Conversations, designed in conjunction with EdX and Imperial’s Digital Learning Hub, is due to launch at the end of 2019.  

Our research interests include exploring the role of power and the value of socially accountable, inclusive coaching approaches for capacity building in students, faculty and wider community, through promoting learner-centred, collaborative conversations and addressing local and global health inequalities. Our previous work has included developing health coaching training for the Grenfell Outreach Team to support their work with residents affected by the 2017 Grenfell Fire disaster.  

We work with colleagues from a range of national and global institutions interested in coaching for leadership, education and health, including UCL, Health Education England, Harvard Medical School, The Training for Heath Equity Network, and the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies, based at the Oxford Brookes Business School. This work has included developing research collaborations relating to coaching-based educational innovations, facilitating training workshops, supervision and consultancy.   


Selected publications

Rogers J, Maini A. 2016. Coaching for Health: Why it works and how to do it. London: Open University Press   

Maini A. 2017. Coaching for Health. In: Connor M, Pokora J. Coaching and Mentoring at Work. London: Open University Press 

Maini A, Kumar S, Fyfe M. What happens when you train medical students in health coaching? An exploratory qualitative study. Submitted to Medical Teacher. 2019 

Maini A, Kumar S. Abstract: Training medical students in health coaching skills: a socially accountable way forward? Oral presentation delivered at Global Community Engaged Medical Education Muster Conference, Mount Gambier, Australia. 2018 

Fyfe M, Maini A. Abstract: The impact of moving from role play to real play in supporting coaching skills development in medical students’ - accepted for presentation at the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference organised by Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Coaching. 2019 

Maini A, Fyfe M. Abstract: Introducing a health coaching mindset into medical student consultations- accepted for presentation at the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference organised by Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Coaching. 2019