The PSU’s coaches/mentors
I am an occupational psychologist with over 10 years of experience in NHS designing and delivering coaching and training interventions for clinicians and managers at all levels.
I have also been very involved in Education restructuring at various trusts looking at 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 executive, career and performance coaching to all clinical and non-clinical staff across a number of LETBs.
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 have been a GP for 25 years.
I have been a GP appraiser since 2008 and a GP trainer since 2009. I also currently sit on the local GP ARCP panel. My passion for coaching started a few years ago when I was introduced to it at a trainers meeting. Since then I have passed my ILM level 5 in leadership coaching and recently qualified as a MBTI practitioner.
I feel privileged to have been appointed to the PSU and to be part of a great team of experienced coaches.
I’m Anna Magnusson. I’ve been a GP for longer than I’d really like to reveal and involved in GP training for almost as long as that.
I’m also a programme director for Reading and Newbury VTS which has given me a lot of insight into the problems that trainees face and a knowledge of the resources available to them.
My interest in coaching stems from personal experience of having benefitted from it during a difficult time in my own career. Following on from this I undertook an ILM 7 in coaching and mentoring and a qualification in MBTI.
Becoming a coach has been a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoy it.
I am a Professional Development coach and consultant, with specialist skills in interpersonal and intercultural communications. My first career was in Education; I trained as a Modern Languages teacher and taught for twenty years in comprehensive schools, during which time I also gained extensive management experience. I then spent four years in Paris, again in a management role, where I worked mainly with business clients, one-to-one coaching and designing and delivering workshops on various aspects of communication in the workplace.
My experiences of living in France (and Canada) have given me a personal and professional insight into the cultural issues involved in living and working in a different country, although the extensive range of my work focuses as much on the interface between personal, organisational, and professional culture, as on the differences and synergies between national cultures.
When I returned to the UK, I completed Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication with International Business, followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring; I then founded my own company, Dialogue Links. At the same time I accepted a post as Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey, where I am also a staff mentor.
I have worked in a wide range of organisations from the public and private sectors, accompanying decision-makers as they achieve their professional objectives: resolving communication challenges, and addressing leadership and organisational dilemmas. My guiding passion is empowering clients to communicate with personal authority, authenticity, presence, and impact.
I have a particular commitment to – and affection for – my work in the NHS; I was therefore delighted to be invited to join the CDU in 2010. I see the focus of my work as accompanying my clients to achieve the practical communication skills and confidence which will enable them to adapt quickly to new contexts, manage uncertainty and respond to change with resilience.
As part of my own professional development and commitment to life-long learning, I am a founder member of the Surrey-based ‘Leadership’ Action Learning set, and an active member of the Guildford Coaches’ Association.
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 1990. As I progressed in this I became increasingly aware of a love for 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, being in the vanguard of GP appraisers.
Within Oxford Deanery I was a GP trainer for 10 years and later held the post of Associate GP Dean for Buckinghamshire.I am the course director for the Oxford Deanery’s Advanced Consultation Skills Course.
I have been with the PSU since its inception (as the CDU) in 2005. From 2010, time constraints and a necessary hard look at my own health needs and work life balance have taken me to now primarily focus on my role within the PSU; from where I consider it a great privilege to work with my colleagues.
I have been working in the Oxford region for the last 20 years. After qualifying in London in 1993, I started my paediatric registrar training on the Oxford scheme in 1997. Since than I have done a year as a GP trainee and have had 2 children and have held my current position as an Associate Specialist in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology at the John Radcliffe for 15 years. As part of my role I am an Educational Supervisor to Foundation years 1 and 2 and have 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 recently completed a Post Graduate award in Executive Coaching and I am now working towards my ILM level 7 qualification. I am passionate about coaching and helping people get the best out of their careers. 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 have been a director of a large mental health service and a lead health commissioner for older people and mental health, this has given me many years of experience in working closely with doctors. I have always been interested in the wide variety of complex issues faced by them; now as an Executive Coach I enjoy working with clinicians, on a one to one basis and in groups, tackling these and similar challenges. My knowledge and experience of organisations and my dual qualifications in health and social care enables me to bring a different perspective to my practice as an accredited coach. I work as an associate coach in several organisations and am on the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy coaching register. I started my career as a nurse and after a break during which I completed my Honours Degree in Politics/Sociology, I qualified as a social worker and completed my MSc in Public Services Management. Added to this, I have an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change, with distinction.
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 Pubic 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 inspector for the GDC, and 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 practise 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 to dental professionals and a career support programme.
I have written several professional articles, research papers and had my first book published: The National Care Record Service: an ethical system? in 2012. I have published two books: How to Survive Dental Performance Difficulties and How to Develop your Career in Dentistry
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 work in medical education as a GP Training Programme Director and as a Tutor on a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education. As an educationalist I also enjoy writing on the subject, publishing regularly in the Education for Primary Care Journal and I have recently had a text book on self-directed learning published.
I began coaching teenagers when I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring and developed an interest in the empowerment created through the time and space of the coaching conversation. Now that I am working in medical education, I find coaching doctors a very rewarding process and one that I thoroughly enjoy.
Melinda Lawler is a Communication and Vocal Skills Coach. She works with the CDU team to enhance and develop communication skills in doctors. She is also Head of Speech and Drama at the London Academy of Media, Film and TV where she specialises in vocal performance. She consults for the BBC and has trained the television continuity announcers at BBC1 and BBC2. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Melinda is a keen advocate of both CBT and MBCT and uses a holistic approach to her communication training. She believes that everyone can speak effectively and works with underlying issues of anxiety and self doubt to remove barriers that prevent fluid communication. She believes that making positive emotional and mental connections with colleagues is the start of establishing a strong professional persona and that this can be learnt. She uses formal vocal techniques in breathing, delivery, clarity and pronunciation to develop new behavioural traits that build rapport, assertiveness and competent leadership.
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 am 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 in 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 was a graduate entry to 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 involved in the training, supervision and development of undergraduates and postgraduates. 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. I am Associate Director, having previously acted as co-Director of the PSU. 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 first hand. 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.