Alexis Hutson

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Developing doctors: improving non-clinical skills

The following four sections broadly describe the areas that doctors want to work on and some of the benefits they can expect from developing their skills in these areas.

1. Leadership and management for doctors

Nowadays, in addition to being an effective clinician, you, as a doctor, have to perform in all kinds of other ways that you may find challenging. A doctor's skills are often also expected to include:

Coaching will give you the opportunity to understand and develop your potential expertise in these non-clinical leadership performance areas.

When you develop expertise in non-clinical leadership performance areas, you will:

2. Career planning and development for doctors

Today's medical career market is more competitive and there are fewer posts available – in other words, a job is no longer guaranteed.

Coaching will give you, at any stage of your career, the opportunity to reflect and consider your choices and opportunities for transition and development.

With good career management you will:

3. Management for doctors

Nowadays, doctors are expected to be naturally good at a range of non-clinical tasks. However, tasks like these can often prove challenging:

Coaching will give you the opportunity to review, assess and improve your competency in these areas.

Through reviewing and improving non-clinical tasks, you will:

4. Personal performance for doctors

Doctors rarely have time to consider their own development and personal performance. Coaching will give you access to tools and independent data on your personal performance concerning:

Taking time to understand yourself and develop greater insight will help you:

I knew that there were areas of work which frustrated me and managerial situations in which I was less effective than I wanted to be. I had started to passively steer my professional time to aspects of the job which I found more comfortable. Conscious that this might prevent me from grasping opportunities to take on rewarding and worthwhile projects at work I asked Alexis to help me with one such project. Her ideas have prompted me to transfer some of the skills which, as a clinician, I use naturally when communicating with my patients to managerial situations when understanding the personalities, motivations, strengths and anxieties of colleagues is so important both in working effectively in a team and in running difficult negotiations. — Secondary Care Consultant

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