I understand what Doctors need to reach their potential, find direction, make changes, develop their leadership skills, stay well, to ensure lasting meaning, purpose and satisfaction in their careers and working lives, and have over 1,000 hours of experience practising as a Medical Executive Coach and Medical Career Counsellor in the last 5 years.
My Medical and Public Health Career
I qualified as a Doctor in 1996, with a first class intercalated degree in psychology. My early exposure to the new and emerging science of human flourishing and emotional wellbeing shaped my professional life, and has been the ‘golden thread’ throughout my career. After several years as a junior doctor in hospital, General Practice, and community health settings, I chose to focus my career on the prevention of illness and improving health, becoming a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in 2009.
For the next ten years, I worked in both citywide and regional system level roles as a Public Health Consultant, including: joint senior roles across health and local government; over 3 years as Public Health Advisor to a National Health Service Governing Body (Board); and as an Associate Medical Director for a large Clinical Commissioning Group. I led large programmes to improve the health of whole populations, also improving staff health, leading multidisciplinary teams through change, coaching, mentoring and developing people, and innovating and improving a wide range of health, care and public services.
My Career Coaching Doctors and Leaders
As my roles became increasingly strategic, I recognised that I was finding great satisfaction from developing my team members and colleagues as leaders, helping them to stay in work when they were struggling, and supporting them to develop their longer term career plans.
I was drawn to working with people at an individual level again, and decided to integrate all my skills and interests in order to focus the second half of my career to enable Doctors to reach their leadership and professional potential, transform their careers, and improve their health and wellbeing at work.
I spent the next few years further developing and integrating my theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide a strong foundation for the future, and created a new career direction for myself so that I could improve the careers and working lives of others. Having spent 20 years in corporate NHS and local government environments managing substantial budgets, leading on clinical and other forms of governance, measuring impact, undertaking strategic and operational planning, I felt that I had sufficient skills to work for myself in a human scale business. I established ‘Fiona Day Consulting’ in 2016, and steadily reduced my employed role as I built up my coaching practice, finally rescinding my licence to practice in 2019 while remaining on the GMC register.
My own career transition has been a rich learning environment; my professional values of collaboration, partnership working, making a difference, using expertise, and being supportive and empowering have been my compass. I first started coaching in the form of peer mentoring 30 years ago, and I love partnering with my clients to help them to get on an ‘Upward Spiral’ in their working lives and careers.
I specialise in using ‘third wave’ approaches to behaviour change in the context of leading and working in complexity and transformational contexts: developing professionals who are compassionate, embody their values, have a high level of present moment awareness, and are able to take sustained, committed action to progress their goals. Whatever you are experiencing in your career or leadership role, change is possible; I am here to help you to move forwards into the future.