The PSU’s coaches/mentors
I am an occupational psychologist with over 12 years of experience in NHS designing and delivering supervision, coaching and training interventions for clinicians and managers at all levels.
I have also been very involved in Medical Education at various trusts looking at how we can support junior doctors better in service and integrating medical and non-medical education to provide a multi-professional approach to education in the NHS.
Apart from running coaching and mentoring workshops for juniors, middle grades and senior clinicians, I also provide 1:1 career and performance coaching to all clinical and non-clinical staff.
I qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1988, having done a BSc in Neuropharmacology / neurophysiology. I then trained for Primary care in the Cambridgeshire area before settling in Buckinghamshire where I was a GP for 27 years. I now teach undergraduate students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, as well as continuing my role as a GP appraiser in Buckinghamshire ( held since 2005). I have been working for the PSU for a few years now and feel privileged to be part of such a great team of experienced coaches.
My coaching qualifications include ILM level 5 in coaching/mentoring, MBTI practitioner and Neurolinguistic Practioner.
I am a leadership coach with specialist skills in interpersonal and intercultural communication. After a 20-year career teaching Modern Languages, 10 years as Head of Faculty and member of the senior management team, I spent four years in Paris in a leading language training consultancy, again in a management role, working mainly with business clients. On our return to the UK in 2003, I joined a London-based consulting firm, working in the public and private sectors. Around this time I began coaching business clients – and increasingly coaching became the main focus of my work.
I have been working in the NHS since 2008, coaching healthcare professionals across a wide range of specialties and roles, working one-to-one and with teams. I also develop and deliver programmes on leadership, interpersonal communication, resilience, diversity and culture change, as well as Induction programmes for International Medical Graduates coming to work in the UK. My new 9-Module accredited programme for junior doctors ‘The Language of Leadership: Finding our own Voice’ was launched in January 2019.
I have a particular commitment to my work in the NHS and was therefore delighted to join the PSU in 2010. The focus of my work is accompanying my clients so that they can work to their strengths, enhance their interpersonal skills, connect with their own personal authority, and communicate with confidence and authenticity.
I am a member of the Association for Coaching, founder member of a Leadership Action Learning set, and a member of the Guildford Coaches’ Association. I also enjoy taking part in ‘flash-mob coaching’ events, taking free coaching to the streets.
My experiences of living in France and Canada have given me personal and professional insight into the challenges and joys of living and working in other cultures. Pursuing this specialist interest, I co-authored a self-help guide for international medical graduates working in the UK (‘So You Qualified Abroad: The Handbook for Overseas Graduates in GP Training’, Pub. Radcliffe 2014). I am currently working on another book on communication skills for leaders.
Having qualified from St George’s in 1987 I spent eight years in the British Army. After a year in psychiatry I worked part-time as a GP and part-time outside medicine for three years until 1999 when I became a full-time partner in a large general practice in Slough.
I have been a GP Trainer since 2004, served as a PEC Chair, and in 2009 was fortunate enough to become a CDU Coach, join the Oxford Deanery team of tutors on the New Trainers’ Course and be appointed as the Associate GP Dean for East Berkshire.
I graduated in 1984 (Bristol University) and embarked on a career in Primary Care: joining a long-established training Practice in the region in 1990.
As I progressed in this I became increasingly aware of a love for Medical Education coupled with a deeply held personal commitment to the ‘empowerment’ of others; both for my patients and my colleagues. Alongside my Clinical work, I have been able to express these values through GP Education, Appraisal and the PSU. I was an early enthusiast for Appraisal, in the vanguard of GP Appraisers. Amongst my roles in HETV I have been a GP trainer, Course Director for the ‘Oxford Deanery’s Advanced Consultation Skills Course’ and in later times have held the posts of Associate GP Dean for Buckinghamshire as well as Assistant Director and acting Co-Director of the PSU.
I have been with the PSU since its inception in 2005. Since 2010 this has been my primary working focus. In addition to this Medical background I hold a diploma in Transactional Analysis (2018).
I have been working in the Oxford region for the last 22 years. After qualifying in London in 1993, I started my paediatric registrar training on the Oxford scheme in 1997. I worked in the department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology at the John Radcliffe from 1999 to 2017, latterly as an Associate Specialist. As part of my role I was an Educational Supervisor to Foundation years 1 and 2 and very much enjoyed this part of my job. I was the SAS Doctor Tutor for 5 years from 2009 to 2014 and helped raise the profile of this group of doctors whilst supporting many of them through career progression and dilemmas.
As I have got older, I have identified these supporting roles as the areas of my career that I really enjoy. I have completed a Post Graduate award in Executive Coaching and I am now working towards my ILM level 7 qualification. In 2017, I finished in my clinical role and now spend my time coaching. I am passionate about coaching and helping people get the best out of their careers and lives. I have certainly had a slightly unconventional career path myself and hope to be able to use my experience to help others with the challenges of the modern medical career.
I am a leadership and career coach facilitator with 20 years’ experience. I have worked in leadership positions in large complex organisations, including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Care Trusts and in Local Authorities. I facilitate teams, supervise and coach people in the public, private and third sectors.
I will work alongside you and establish the ingredients of who you are and where you are in your journey. I follow this by accompanying you and co-creating the roadmap to your destination, enabling you to arrive there. The focus might be about work and home or about big ideas and creativity. Central to it, is developing in you a high level of self-awareness to augment your emotional and social astuteness and your leadership abilities; these increase your communication skills and flexibility particularly at times of transition and change.
My work is influenced by Gestalt, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), somatic coaching and mindfulness; an added asset is being a Myers Briggs practitioner. I work by creating a trusting environment to allow greater self-understanding and choice making about new directions in work and life.
My knowledge base has been informed by an MSc in Public Services Management and more recently an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change giving me a strong theoretical basis for my team, individual coaching and supervision which is where my passion lies.
I currently work on career choices and leadership with clinicians, executives, care staff and managers at all levels in organisations. I am well practiced in areas such as board alignment, strategy development and performance improvement, all underpinned by my extensive knowledge and experience of organisations in the care and other sectors. I am Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxfordshire.
I qualified in 1987 from The Royal London Hospital and worked in London before taking time to travel, and work in a rural hospital in South Africa. On my return to the UK, I started training in Bristol in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After a spell as a research registrar in laparoscopic surgery, I completed my training in the Oxford deanery in 2003. When my children were small, I also took time out of training to complete an MSc.
Since starting my consultant post as a gynaecologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, I have developed a deeper interest in education and training and particularly in the involvement of patients in medical education. I started working for the PSU in 2014 and thoroughly enjoy the privilege of working one to one with trainees in this way.
I am a consultant in Public Health medicine and after a career for many years in the NHS, have been working independently since 2013. I have long had an interest in training and development and was a Public Health trainer and training co-ordinator. I completed the postgraduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring at Oxford Brookes and was delighted to join PSU in early 2015. I really enjoy coaching and the opportunity it gives me to try and help people find their way through the challenges and choices which anyone in a medical career may face.
In my previous life in the NHS I was a Director or Consultant in Public Health for many years, and before going into Public Health I trained as a GP and have also worked overseas and in academic settings. I now enjoy the variety and challenge of freelance work, the need to keep learning and adapting, and the experience of working with many different people and organisations within and outside the NHS.
After qualifying from Birmingham Dental School in 1983, I spent my whole clinical career in Community Dentistry, the last 17 years as a Clinical Director.
I currently enjoy a ‘portfolio career’ blending employment and self-employment within an envelope of education. I am an educational associate for the GDC in addition to being a registration assessment panelist for them. I am lead clinical tutor for the Law and Ethics module for Bristol University BUOLD programme. In addition, I run my own coaching and training consultancy, Dentalia, providing coaching for leadership to dental professionals, also coaching for dental professionals with fitness to practice cases and also those who are seeking career coaching. I lecture on a broad range of education and training topics to include reflective practice, ethical practice, leadership skills, professionalism, under performance and communication skills. I am also a partner in the Dental Coaching Academy which provides leadership coaching and mentoring qualifications to dental professionals.
I have written several professional articles, research papers and had four books published: The National Care Record Service: an ethical system? in 2012; How to Survive Dental Performance Difficulties; How to Develop your Career in Dentistry and 100 years of women dental professionals 1918 – 2018.
I received an MBE for services to dentistry in the New Years Honours List 2007 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice by election in March 2010. I was awarded an Educator and Trainer Award from HEE Thames Valley in 2014 for Contribution to Learning Environment.
I am an Educationalist and have worked in Education in different sectors. My work is now predominantly in a number of different roles within medical education. In addition to my coaching work with PSU I also conduct some of the triage and business work for the unit.
I am a GP Training Programme Director and regularly teach courses on Education. I have enjoyed writing and publishing in the past but now find my time is taken up studying for my MSc in Psychology which has certainly been an interesting and challenging project.
I joined the PSU in 2010. In a previous life, I had a career in media – involving radio presenting and teaching vocal performance. Having qualified as an Executive Coach, I now work with doctors of all grades on every aspect of their careers; offering coaching on how to survive and thrive the sometimes turbulent waters of medicine. I have a special interest in exam technique, advanced communication skills and developing assertiveness. However, I’m equally involved with doctors who feel burn out, frustrated or confused about which career pathway to take. I work holistically with a client-centred style of coaching. I use a psycho-dynamic approach and believe strongly that my clients have everything they need to move forward in their lives.
I qualified in Australia in 1987 and have been a GP partner in Oxfordshire since 1993; currently I am senior partner at Summertown Health Centre. I have been involved with teaching and training for several years: as a GP trainer since 2000, a GP VTS Programme Director for 6 years, a lecturer on the NB Medical Hot Topics course for 3 years, and as the co-author of a book on the nMRCGP.
I have extensive experience in teaching consultation and communication skills, and currently lead the annual Oxford Deanery Experienced Trainers course. I have a Certificate in Coaching with CBT from the Centre for Coaching in London, am trained in MBTI facilitation, and am an NLP trainer.
I have been coaching with the PSU since 2009 and feel very privileged to work with both my clients and my great team of fellow coaches.
I greatly enjoy helping others discover and enhance their own potential, using creative and flexible approaches to achieve this.
I studied medicine after my first degree in Psychology and Physiology and working in the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology.
I was a GP in East Oxford for nearly thirty years and was a tutor, trainer and appraiser. I was involved in the training, supervision and development of undergraduates and postgraduates for many years. I set up a Balint group for qualified doctors some years ago and still attend regularly.
I started coaching with the PSU in 2010 and am qualified in Time to Think coaching. As well as coaching I am the Associate Director. I have recently written the Vital Signs series of guides for doctors and medical students seeking support and am acutely aware of the particular pressures on the medical profession.
I believe in supporting people to make their own choices to lead the life they choose. Working with the talented PSU team is a privilege.
My professional roots are in general practice however I now have a portfolio career with clinical GP work, coaching, appraising, appraisal team leadership and a medico-political role all playing a part in how I spend my working week. It was my own experience of being coached that first drew me to coaching.
I have been a GP in West Berkshire since finishing the Reading Vocational Training Scheme in 1997. I spent my earlier years as a GP juggling a career with caring for a young family. With the advent of GP appraisals, I had the great fortune to have an appraiser who was also a coach. At the time I was under professional strain and I felt the positive power of coaching firsthand. I ended up so enthusiastic about both appraising and coaching that I trained also. I have been appraising since 2008 and a senior appraiser since 2011. I passed my ILM level 7 in leadership coaching in 2013 and am delighted to be coaching with the PSU.