A coaching approach to personal and team leadership

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours

Course Length: Two days

Course Format: An in-person workshop with small groups and 1-2-1 activities

Course Programme

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Please email cpd@rvc.ac.uk to register your interest

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Leadership theory contextualised for your workplace
  • Coaching as a leadership style
  • Practical skills development
About this course

This course has been postponed until 2025, please email cpd@rvc.ac.uk to register your interest.

Feeling drained by your leadership role and responsibilities? Wondering if there might be a different way of doing things?

This ‘Coaching approach to personal and team leadership’ course is an opportunity for you to take time out from the pressures of day-to-day life to consider how you want to be as a leader and, most importantly, the practical steps you can take to achieve this within your context.

In this small group environment, you will work closely with us and with fellow veterinary leaders on developing your understanding of the theory and practice of coaching as they apply to you and your team. It is our intention that you will find this time spent with us transformational – gaining deep insight into what drives and energises you, the conditions you need to thrive and how you can create space for your team to do the same.

Why do this course?
This course is protected time and space to develop your understanding and skills in the theory and practice of coaching. We are experts in the field of veterinary professional development, priding ourselves in taking a coaching approach to our own self-development and professional practice (we ‘walk the walk’). You will work closely with us and a small number of peers, undertaking real life coaching practice and receiving immediate, individualised developmental feedback. Our aim is to reignite your passion for leadership within your profession and as such your enjoyment and engagement in the learning you undertake with us is our number one priority.

Evening meal
Liz and Rachel would like to invite you to join them for an evening meal on the first evening at The Old Guinea, a 5 minute drive from the RVC. Everyone will pay their own meal and drink bill on the night to give individual flexibility. Taxis will be provided to and from the restaurant and the Hawkshead campus, courtesy of the RVC. Please also note you do not have to stay overnight at the RVC to attend the meal. 

If you would like to stay overnight at the RVC please add the accommodation option to your basket and we will book this for you. A voucher for breakfast will be provided as part of CPD refreshments and not through accommodation. Please note all rooms are single study bedrooms with ensuite facilities. Bedding, towels and complimentary tea and coffee are provided, in addition to a kettle and a mini fridge. Wi-fi is available throughout the accommodation. A guest username and password will be provided. The accommodation does not offer kitchen facilities, but refreshments are included throughout both days of CPD. The College restaurant is open from 8.00am for breakfast. The restaurant does not offer an evening service.


We are aiming to deliver a yoga session on Friday morning before we start. Please bring your yoga clothes if you would like to attend. Mats will be provided (unless you prefer to bring your own). This is an optional activity and no booking is required. 


Day 1

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome, registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:30

Practicum - The coaching environment

10:30 - 12:00

Groupwork: What are our personal and group leadership needs?

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

A coaching approach to personal and group leadership I

14:30 - 15:00

Practicum - Conversational frameworks

15:00 - 15:30

Stretch and refresh

15:30 - 16:30

A coaching approach to personal and group leadership II

16:30 - 17:00

Practicum - personal and professional identity formation - why feelings matter

17:00 - 18:00

Review of individual and group learning, refreshments


Evening dinner (optional)

Day 2

08:00 - 08:45

Yoga in the Sports Centre Studio (optional)

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome back, refreshments and review of learning

10:00 - 12:00

Appreciative enquiry: What have we each done in our working or personal lives that has worked previously?

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

What now? Writing our development plans for personal and team growth

14:30 - 15:00

Stretch and refresh

15:00 - 15:30

Practicum - coaching goals (and how to realise them)

15:30 - 16:00

Review of individual and group learning




Elizabeth Armitage-Chan, MA VetMB DipACVAA FHEA PhD MRCVS
Reader in Veterinary Education
The Royal Veterinary College

Rachel Davis, BSc PhD PGCap PGDip FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Education, RVC and Educational Consultant and Developmental Coach
The Coaching Cabin, Welwyn