ILM Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring course

LOCSU is to launch a new, expert-accredited coaching and mentoring programme for the optical sector “to pass down knowledge and skills”.

The scheme, aimed primarily at LOC Chairs and LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads, is designed to offer current leaders new skills and the opportunity for experienced leaders to pass down existing skills.

The six-month course, accredited by the UK’s largest management body, the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), consists of online modules with two contact days. It leads to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.The ILM works with organisations in all sectors to help them embed and develop their leadership and management capability they need to succeed and to influence policy-makers and opinion-formers.

Who can apply for a funded place?

We are primarily offering this course for 2 groups of people:

  1. Experienced LOC officers who are interested in mentoring newly appointed or less experienced officers, particularly people taking on key roles
  2. Clinical Governance & Performance Leads

If there are enough places available we will also consider applications from a third group: optical professionals who can demonstrate that these skills will enable them to provide value back to the sector.

To gain the qualification there are 3 assignments that need to be completed:

  1. A written assignment on: Understanding the skills, principles and practice of effective management coaching and mentoring
  2. 12 hours of coaching/mentoring to be delivered
  3. A written assignment reviewing your ability as a mentor/coach

How long will the course take?

We will be delivering the course over a 6-month period and expect learners to complete in that time but more time is available to gain the qualification if required.

How will the course be delivered?

We will be delivering most of this course online.  There will be a very clear structure over 12 weeks with a different topic to read about each week and a group activity online. This approach means that you do a little each week and are not overwhelmed by having lots of reading and research at the end to complete. You will also get to try out a range of online tools and see what approach would work for you when providing coaching and mentoring.

We will also be providing our first contact day during this 12-week period so the group can come together face to face and practice their coaching skills in a safe environment.  During this time I expect learners to have completed the first assignment and have started their 12 hours of coaching.

The second 12-week period of the course is when you will consolidate your coaching practice, we will also provide the second F2F day during this period.  You will also complete the third assignment: a reflective assignment where you review your coaching practice.

How many people do I need to coach/mentor for this course?

You need to evidence 12 hours of coaching/mentoring. You can achieve this in a variety of ways e.g. you could have 3 people that you are coaching or mentoring and provide them with 4 sessions each. This might include someone from your LOC, someone in practice and a colleague from the course. You might deliver the sessions face to face (F2F) or by Skype or phone etc. You need to demonstrate some progression for the coachee or mentee during your coaching relationship so it is better to have fewer coachees that you follow up with rather than lots of coachees for just one session. But you could also have a mix of coachees who have several sessions and others who have just one session.

Gill Brabner, LOCSU’s Learning & Development Consultant, facilitates the course along with Jane Gray. Jane is an optometrist based in East Yorkshire and is an active member of her LOC.  Jane co-delivers the LOCSU leadership module, is a coach and mentor and Clinical Lead. 

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and return to and identify which starting date you would like to join. For more information about the course, please click here.

We currently do not have a course scheduled.

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Berkshire LOC's AGM

Holiday Inn Reading, Wharfedale Rd, Winnersh Triangle, Winnersh, Reading RG41 5TS


2017-07-25 18:30:00 - 2017-07-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Higson

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Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT


2017-10-04 19:00:00 - 2017-10-04 21:00:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

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