I understand what doctors and health professionals need to reach their potential, find direction, make changes, develop their leadership skills, stay well, and to ensure lasting meaning, purpose and satisfaction in their careers and working lives.
I began my own working life as a doctor in 1996. I had also graduated in 1993 with a first class degree in psychology, concentrating on the new and emerging science of human flourishing and wellbeing. After several years as a junior doctor in hospital, General Practice, and community health services, I focused my career on the prevention of illness and promoting health. I moved into public health and system leadership roles, qualifying as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in 2009. I worked in both citywide and regional roles including over 3 years as Public Health Advisor to an National Health Service Governing Body (Board), and then as an Associate Medical Director. I have spent over 20 years improving the health of whole populations, improving staff health. managing large teams through change, coaching, mentoring and developing people, and innovating and improving a wide range of public services.
As my role 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 realised that I was drawn to working with people at an individual level again, and decided to focus the second half of my career to enable doctors and professionals to reach their potential, transform their careers, and improve their health and wellbeing at work, through integrating all my skills and interests based on using the science and practice of enabling human flourishing and emotional wellbeing which has been the ‘golden thread’ throughout my career.
I spent the next few years further developing and integrating my theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide a strong foundation, and created a new career direction for myself so that I could improve the careers and working lives of others, enabling people to develop and use their own skills to best effect in the world. Having spent 20 years in corporate NHS environments managing substantial budgets, leading on clinical and other forms of governance, 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.
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 now work with doctors and professionals in senior leadership roles, in career difficulty, or who want to make changes to their careers for the majority of my working week.
If you would like to explore working together, please call me or click here to contact me and arrange a no obligation, free career consultation – and start the process of getting on an upward spiral in your career and working life today.
Qualifications and Professional Practice
- Qualifications include: BMedSci (Psychology, first class) 1994; MBChB 1996; MSc (Health Promotion and Health Education, specialising in emotional wellbeing) 1999; Fellow of Faculty of Public Health 2009; ILM7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring 2016; Diploma in Occupational Medicine 2017; Accredited and Licensed Career Coach and Counsellor 2019
- Member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC), (05344 IND4) and I abide by their code of ethics
- Member of other professional bodies, including the General Medical Council and the Association for Contextual Behaviour Science
- NHS Leadership Academy 360’ feedback tool facilitator
- Highly skilled in using applied ‘third wave’ Cognitive Behaviour Therapies for leadership and career coaching, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and ‘positive psychology’ (experience dependent neuroplasticity)- I’ve trained with world leading expert cognitive behavioural psychologists including Steven Hayes, Rick Hanson, Melanie Fennell, Joe Oliver, Paul Flaxman
- Member of several professional mentoring and coaching networks and was the coaching lead for my previous NHS organisation
- In regular supervision for my coaching practice, at least one hour per 20 hours coaching. I discuss coaching clients with a fully trained supervisor on an anonymous basis in order to continually improve my coaching skills as per my privacy and confidentiality statement
- Enhanced UK Disclosure and Barring Service certificate
- Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as a Data Controller- I take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously
- Insured for my mentoring and coaching practice
- In Continuous Professional Development for my coaching, career counselling and mentoring skills development