Leadership and Career Coaching, Career Counselling, and Mentoring
Dr Fiona Day (MBChB, FFPH, Dip Occ Med, ILM7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Licensed Career Counsellor) specialises in the personal and professional development of mid-career and senior doctors and health professionals.
With over 20 years’ experience in coaching and mentoring, and in strategic, system-wide, and Board level leadership and senior management roles as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Associate Medical Director, Fiona can help you to get on an ‘Upward Spiral’ when:
you want to succeed in your leadership or senior management career
you are having difficulties at work (including health issues, managing emotions at work, a neurodiversity condition, and / or interpersonal relationship problems)
you want to make a decision on your longer term career direction, plan the next stage of your career, change career, or improve your working life
you wish to develop a portfolio career or prepare for retirement
Fiona has worked with over one hundred doctors and health professionals to transform their careers and working lives. She is based in Leeds, and also works across the UK and internationally by Skype.
To arrange a free, no obligation, confidential Career Consultation and take the first step to transforming your career and working life, please call Fiona +44 7913 917330, contact her, or book an appointment directly via the link below.
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I offer a professional and confidential service tailored to your specific needs, and combine an action-focused and evidence-based approach to transform working lives. I can help you to develop a career which will inspire you and others, and keep you motivated and engaged, and thriving today – and into the future.
I provide you with a deep level of listening, support, and a safe space for reflection, and draw on my extensive training and experience in coaching, career counselling and mentoring integrated with decades of experience in applied psychology and neuroscience, my career in medicine, public health and emotional wellbeing, leadership roles including at Board level, and workplace (occupational) health.
Is Leadership and Career Coaching right for me?
Leadership and Career Coaching for doctors, health professionals, and professionals is a confidential, highly effective, action and future focused, personal and professional development process which achieves both immediate and longer term results.
It is ideally suited for mid-career and senior doctors and professionals who want to take action to improve their working lives and careers, to succeed as Leaders, or who are returning to work after a career break or illness.
Testimonials from recent Clients
Fiona is a fantastic coach. She challenges me and has enabled me to make major changes both in my work and personal life. Through her sessions I have set-up and am running my own Medico-legal business that is being inundated with new work – I would not have moved at this pace and achieved this prior to my coaching sessions.
After feeling trapped in my career, I now feel much more positive about the future. I have realised that I have options, and have been taught some great tools to allow me to make important career decisions that will benefit both me and my family. Thank you.
I must admit that I was quite sceptical when I first approached you. I’ve always been quite pragmatic and really wasn’t sure how you could help me. I was amazed by how much help your first session was, and after just 2 sessions I am exactly where I want to be. It may be that this would have happened anyway, over time, but with your help I made things actively happen rather than just drift in to them. Thanks to your help, I understand myself better and I know what I want.
Finally, you also helped in very practical ways, covering all the tiniest details. It would never have occurred to me to work out how much I needed / wanted to earn each month, and yet knowing this is so important as it allows me to work out just how much I need to actually work.
You also helped me to work out for myself what I wanted, and how best to achieve them. I would definitely recommend you to anyone who feels that they are not quite where they want to be career-wise, or are having difficulties at work.
I had got to the point where I was too scared to hope that my working life could improve. I had run out of empathy and energy and felt that, unless something fundamental changed, I would have to leave my job. It's early days but Fiona has helped me to re-remember my work passions and reconnect to the personal values that have always driven me. I now have a plan, resources I can tap into, and I feel safe enough to have allowed some hope to creep back in.
Fiona introduced me to the concept of ‘values-based actions’ and this led to an epiphany of sorts. I now try to bring my personal values into most of my actions / decisions and have found this has led to more contentment with them and their outcomes as a result.
I was hesitant about seeking out help in deciding my future, and tried to resolve the issues myself, without success. Fiona has been supportive but challenging, and really helped me understand why I do my job, and the sessions have allowed me to develop and become more confident in myself, as a leader.
After resigning from NHS practice and before I started working with Fiona I felt overwhelmed with decisions on where to take my career. I knew I wanted to continue to develop my medical skills and use them to explore options outside of clinical practice. I also had the hugely daunting task of using a new appraisal platform which required hours worth of data imputing which I kept putting off. With Fiona's gentle but challenging guidance I was able to set comprehensive weekly goals and reward myself for completed tasks, even if it was watching trashy tv! Fiona supported me to set my pace to achieve these goals using validated coaching techniques.I would highly recommend coaching to anyone either at a crossroads in their career or who needs further challenge to climb that ladder. There are many professional coaches out there but Fiona celebrates your achievements with you which makes you believe you can continue to succeed in whatever you choose.
Four sessions with Fiona were very useful. I was in a difficult position struggling to complete my training as a GP despite having finished the exams. She helped me come up with some strategies around how to build a rapport with my colleagues in a short time period, improve my time management and clarify expectations with my supervisor. These all helped me turn around my position and get signed off. I have recommended Fiona to my supervisor in case of trainees struggling with similar problems.
The process of working with Fiona to define my career goals and the strategy to achieve those goals has been really helpful. She used a combination of short written exercises and coaching sessions to help me direct my thinking. Over the several month process I have been able to develop a much clearer picture of my skill strengths and how I can apply them to my advantage as well as having a strategy for continuing to develop my ongoing career direction.
I entered coaching with dread as my issue was looming retirement and no planning. I wanted a coach who was a doctor and who would explore work life balance not leadership strategies and the goals of youth. The worst and best part was the knowledge that I would be challenged each month on progress. It prevented me from failing to progress. What was most useful was learning to put aside all or nothing thinking. My plans for retirement are much more stepwise. I also have had chance to sense check. So retire and come back with combination of weekday time out and blocks of stone for bigger projects have become my strategy for future. One word of warning if your goals are nebulous like retirement consider spacing dialogue 6-8w apart. At my age (58) real life gets in way and 6-8 weeks is more realistic.
Fiona helped me during a critical decision stage of my career. After I made a difficult decision to explore an alternative career, after 14 years in medicine. Fiona helped me evaluate my values and strengths and reevaluate my career aspirations. This involved helpful and informative exercises, followed by in-depth discussion. All along Fiona was considerate, supportive and encouraging. She asked key questions that enabled me to make confident career decisions. She also provided support and guidance whilst applying for a new role and around the interview process. She helped me bring an awareness of my core values into my decision making process regarding this new role. I was always impressed by Fiona’s high level of professionalism, kind and considerate nature. I found her to be very respectful, trustworthy and easy to talk to. We did our sessions over Skype which worked very well and was convenient. 3 months later I am now working outside the NHS in a new career and I am happy with my decision and where I now am. Fiona’s coaching services were an important and helpful part of confidently making this career transition.
I went into coaching with a real lack of clarity over how to progress in my career and feeling very unsure if I would want to continue to work as a Doctor. Through skillful guidance, Fiona has really helped me understand my personality type and identify my needs. This was something I had totally failed to consider before. I now recognise what makes me feel energised and what I need to have a happy, fulfilling professional life. Coaching with Fiona has helped me realise that I do enjoy being a Doctor but I may need to make some "tweaks" to my path. I now have the confidence to undertake this!
Coaching with Fiona has been supportive, challenging, thought provoking and empowering. It has helped me to develop skills to look at my current work situation, reflect, and given me tools to make changes- with the aim of letting go of one trapeze and catching another.
I entered the coaching process looking to gain a greater understanding of how I could eliminate wasteful and inefficient behaviours from my working day, and make clear plans regarding my professional development. Whilst I achieved both of these objectives, I found that the value of this process was in challenging me to justify my self-perceptions and particularly my negative or self-limiting feelings about myself. I have gained from my coaching experience a renewed confidence in what I do well, and the ability to give myself credit for things where previously I didn’t fully allow myself to do so. My coaching experience has helped me define and affirm my values and principles and know what’s really important to me professionally which has brought a clearer plan of how I want to develop and grow in my career.
The sessions were a life-changing experience for me and I feel that I am a better and more complete professional as a result. I am only at the start of the journey, but the road ahead is clearer than it’s ever been and I know exactly where I am going and why I’m going there.
I had never considered coaching before. After three sessions the benefits are crystal clear. Fiona’s coaching style has really suited me: a perfect mixture of affirmation and challenge. Being coached by Fiona has helped to give me clarity about my own strengths - and helped me shape career choices moving forward.
I started working with Fiona when I realised that the way I worked was not going to be sustainable in the long term. I felt like I was working with a ‘real’ human being. I now have a far more healthy view of the place that work has in my life, and whilst I see myself as a ‘work in progress’, when things to start to slip I continue to refer back to the strategies I learned when working with Fiona.
I have found coaching a very useful use of time in trying to negotiate and plan the numerous commitments and opportunities that modern day general practice throws up. It has helped set realistic targets and plans to maintain my work life balance.
Fiona, by listening and patiently questioning me over the sessions, has helped me to identify a new goal. It was not the one I originally came with and it is this that continues to drive me without having to try which feels very strange when I have been trying many different ways of doing this for years! That protected time to concentrate on issues and the gaps between each session were very valuable to allow the new thoughts and ideas to filter in and be tested. Thank you!
Fiona has enabled me to nurture myself into a confident leader who seeks new challenges and is not afraid to say no to tasks & projects that do not satisfy my core values. Anxieties have become a quiet distant murmur as they have melted away as I have become more mindful and self compassionate. A colleague recently noted that I was ‘too positive’. I now keep a journal and have started a blog and see my life as collections of joy. I would thoroughly recommend Fiona to anyone wishing to be coached to a new level in life.
Honestly I was dubious before the process started. Once I went through it I learnt so much about what I really wanted in life and how to go about it. Fiona gave me the confidence to do this. She allowed me to take control of my future and gave me the tools to make the changes in my life to give me clarity.
Investing in coaching was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I recommend Fiona without hesitation. In just five months it has made a huge difference to my life: I feel more centred and resilient, applying for a Consultant job no longer feels overwhelming, and I have made significant progress towards creating a portfolio career. The actions from each session kept me motivated and added a level of accountability. Given how disempowered I felt before coaching, they also gave me permission to try out new behaviours in a safe environment. Most importantly, I now have a range of tools and techniques that will help me grow into the best version of myself and I’m grateful.
Working with Fiona for just a short time has been a real eye opener. I have been surprised at how effective even 3 sessions of coaching can be in changing behaviours and mindset. I feel more organised and efficient, more positive about my abilities within my roles and more able to focus on the important aspects of my life both personally and professionally. I would recommend her to anybody who feels they would benefit from coaching.