The Innovation Agency Coaching Academy supports individuals and teams to coach, innovate, and improve.


We deliver a variety of learning experiences for individuals and teams aimed at building a healthy culture for spreading and adopting innovation. At a system level, the Coaching Academy programmes seek to shift mindsets, build capacity for transformation, and support implementation. We design and evaluate our programmes around a single competency framework, allowing participants to self-assess their skills and behaviours and design a bespoke learning plan aligned with individual development goals.


Open cohort programmes


These programmes are free of charge to our partner organisations and open to teams and individuals throughout the year, meeting in person and online over the course of 6-12 months.


Coaching for culture ►


Coaching for spread and adoption ► 


Coaching foundations programme ►


Bespoke programmes



Our bespoke programmes could include:

  • Foundation modules
  • Self-directed courses
  • Additional learning experiences


Contact us about short and long term options for addressing specific innovation and improvement culture needs within your organisation. We will tailor your coaching programme to specific audiences, timelines, and themes, grounded in research and best practice for health and care innovation. We are also happy to facilitate emerging communities of practice to gain momentum, address challenges, and implement change.

Find out more about our bespoke programmes ►

Who can apply?

Professionals from health and care, third sector, academic, and public sector organisations in the North West Coast.


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“It has opened my eyes to what is possible, and how to go about making it a reality. It has also introduced me to more ‘doers’ and innovators and that is worth perhaps even more.”

Dr Sharryn Gardner, Paediatrician, Southport and Ormskirk

Competency framework

Participants in all our programmes will use a competency framework to assess their attributes, skills, and behaviours as innovators. Core innovator dispositions are coupled with course-specific competencies to create a reflective portfolio of evidence that demonstrates scaled growth throughout the learning journey. This framework allows innovation coaches to discuss and support participant learning goals that are meaningful and relevant to the individual.

Download the innovation spread and adoption competencies >




North West Learning and Development Collaborative

The Innovation Agency is a member of the North West Learning and Development Collaborative which is a collective of organisations providing access to innovation, improvement and leadership development, for the health and care system. 

The collective includes AQuA, NW Leadership Academy, Health Education England and NW Employers.  We are working as a single North West Learning and Development Collaborative in order to streamline access and communicate our offers in a coherent way that makes sense to our ‘customers’; in other words, we will aim to collaborate where it makes sense and signpost where it does not. 



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