EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


Dr Andrew A Parsons

Dr Andrew A Parsons: Coaching and mentoring in health and wellness

Session on 24 November 2020 19:30 UTC - View on timetable


The roundtable is based on the practical experience of coaching individuals faced with adapting to significant challenge to personal and professional lives. Examples include supporting people live with and beyond cancer and those experiencing high professional demands.

The format will involve a brief presentation regarding health and wellbeing frameworks. Drawing on the medico-sociological model of Salutogenesis, approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease and promotion of health will be discussed in the context of coaching and mentoring.

The continuum of coaching that operates from reaching goals to personal development will be explored in the context of health and wellness. The outcomes of the coaching practice range from self-management through self-development to empowerment.

The three core pillars of Awareness, Information and Learning will be discussed in the context of 2nd generation to 3rd generation coaching and mentoring. In addition, the 3 pillars will also be discussed in managing the boundaries of practice using the Health Awareness a Tool, to guide for coaching and mental health. The importance of Developmental Supervision/Mentoring will be highlighted.

Breakout sessions will have the opportunity to explore these questions

  1. What is the potential role of coaching/mentoring within the Salutogenic framework of health?
  2. What are the differences (if any) between self-management and self-empowerment? How might these be related to learning outcomes?
  3. What do I need to develop to work more in this area of coaching and mentoring?
  4. How can I work with the Health Awareness Tool to ensure ethical practice?

Following Breakout Sessions, the group will re-assemble to share learning.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants will have a better understanding of;

The complete model of health including approaches to promote health in addition to treatment and prevention of disease

The role of coaching and mentoring from perspectives of attaining goals and personal development

How they can manage the boundaries of practice and insight into gaps or development areas to work in this area.


Dr Andrew A Parsons supports people and organizations adapt and thrive following challenge, change and disruption. He holds postgraduate degrees in Physiological Sciences (MSc, PhD) and Psychology (MSc). He is a volunteer coach at the Fountain Centre working with cancer patients and their families at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He also provides supervision to coaches and supports Leaders develop their focus on wellbeing and performance.

He is an EMCC accredited coach/mentor at the Master Practitioner level. He is also certified in Medical Coaching, NLP, hypnotherapy, meridian therapies and HRV biofeedback. He takes an integrative and systemic approach to coaching and mentoring. This approach develops understanding of the self and relationship with teams, organisations, society and the environment.

He is the co-author of “Leading With Presence: What it is, why it matters and how to get it and co-editor of Empowerment in Health and Wellness due to be published in 2021.

He was previously Head of Migraine and Stroke Research at GlaxoSmithKline and had several technical and business leadership roles. As the “Vice President Pre-clinical Drug Discovery in the External Research and Development Unit” he developed new processes for working across organizational and cultural boundaries in collaborations and partnerships. He is a member of the Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (