Halton Healthcare is an award-winning publicly funded community hospital corporation located in Ontario, Canada. The organization provides a full range of services, including emergency medicine and medical and surgical care, as well as geriatrics and rehabilitation, maternal child, and mental health services.
Healthcare has faced some extraordinary challenges over the past few years, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to make progress on these many challenges, Halton Healthcare felt it was essential to equip its people with the knowledge skills, and capabilities to tackle these problems collaboratively.
Dr. Edgcumbe added, “Leaders needed to go through a bit of a recovery and reset after the pandemic. We felt coaching was a great tool and resource to empower leaders to access their tool kit and pull things out to help them get through trying times.”
Halton Healthcare wanted to find a partner that would further its initiative of developing a coaching culture
as part of its internal Growing Leaders Program. The company chose to partner with Bluepoint because of
the extraordinary results it had personally experienced from Bluepoint workshops and programs.
Leader as Coach
Bluepoint’s Leader as Coach workshop was offered as a component of Halton Healthcare’s successful cohort-based learning program, Growing Leaders, which has four residencies: leading self, leading clinical care, leading teams, and laterally around leading organizations.
The Growing Leaders Program is open access and consists of a mix of 24 people from different programs, professions, and sites across the organization, providing the strength of an interpersonal mix of learning.
The Leader as Coach Workshop integrated seamlessly into its existing program and offered a strong coaching learning experience. The workshop is a practical yet immersive experience designed to help managers and leaders excel at coaching others for high performance.
As part of the program, Halton Healthcare consulted Bluepoint on best practices for offering participants
the opportunity to join coaching pods, also known as coaching circles. These collaborative opportunities
provide experiential learning and a reflective practice for the participants. Coaching circles help participants
to solidify learning, as well as provide a safe space to interact in a smaller group.
Train the Trainer
With the help of Bluepoint materials and resources, Halton Healthcare has also been grooming several of its leaders to become strong coaches who can facilitate coaching programs for others. The strong partnership between the two organizations has allowed Halton Healthcare to lean on Bluepoint for best practices and guidance on how to effectively “train the trainers” to become strong internal facilitators.
To support this coaching education, Bluepoint has also provided facilitated group coaching sessions and one-to-one coaching. Dr. Edgcumbe added, “We have found that this is having a profound impact on our leaders, supporting their well-being and effectiveness, and impacting the organization in a positive way which goes well beyond just the individual, but has a catalytic effect on the teams that they lead.
Halton Healthcare has been thrilled to see an overall increase in engagement, effectiveness, and capability in its leaders. Feedback from the participants’ managers has solidified that the program has helped the leaders become more grounded and overall pushed them to grow tremendously.
Additionally, among all participants of the leadership development program, Halton Healthcare has seen turnover rates that are more than 10 times lower than the rest of the organization.
When looking at specific post-graduation survey feedback, all participants agreed or strongly agreed that:
Participants also reflected that the program helped them develop others interpersonal, thorough sensitivity and
leadership presence skills. When asked about it again 30 days later in post-course follow-ups, a vast majority of participants also reported they were even able to apply these leadership competencies to their work.