Developing non-clinical skills
Doctors tell me they want to develop non-clinical skills in the following areas:
- Leadership and management
- Career-planning and development
- Skills and task-management
- Personal performance
The doctors I work with want to work privately in a one-to-one setting where they can explore and develop their thinking and decisions. They want their learning to be sustainable and focused on their situations. They want to do this independently of their employers or commissioners.
I work with a broad selection of clients, from new partners in general practice to senior secondary care consultants. They span from the newly qualified to those considering retirement. This is not remedial coaching for those in difficulty.
The coaching will support you, to:
- accelerate your chances of performing successfully at a higher level;
- take on new and interesting challenges;
- make the right career-management choices;
- become more effective in practising the non-clinical skills and tasks that have to be done; and
- develop a greater personal understanding that will make it easier to live with yourself and work with others.
This has helped me improve my communication skills, improve how to deal with difficult colleagues and how to control my own emotions and be professional at all times. Also more importantly, it has helped me to realise that I should not compromise on my personal development, which has helped me immensely. — Hospital Doctor
How coaching works
All the coaching I offer is one-to-one, which makes it personal, private and tailor-made just for you. This means we can deal specifically with your goals and requirements, focusing on the things that need to be tackled quickly.
Your coaching will be achieved through the following process:
- Understanding your context and identifying goals
- Employing tests and tools to identify the problem (if you choose)
- Designing a plan of action to get the results you need
- Review and reflection
As your coach, I will:
- be reliable regarding appointments and monitor the time we have together;
- actively listen;
- help you work things out for yourself and avoid giving instructions;
- help you establish what you might need and how you may access it;
- avoid jumping to conclusions;
- help you explore options;
- encourage you to reflect in order to learn from developments;
- encourage you to set learning objectives;
- provide constructive feedback as and when appropriate; and
- ask your permission before I offer any observations.
At each stage of the coaching process Alexis made sure that I was happy with what we were addressing and summarised what had been achieved/planned each session – this helped keep it all 'on track' and is a great reflective tool for me to take into the future with me. — GP