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Mrs Alexis Hutson

 

Qualifications

Diploma in Professional Coach-mentoring, Myers Briggs Step I & II and Thomas-Kilmann conflict instrument, Emotional Intelligence Individuals & Teams diagnostic, Nancy Kline Thinking Partnerships, Type Dynamics Indicator, Learning Styles Indicator and Management Team Roles Indicator

About me

I have 20 years experience of working with charities, voluntary businesses and in the health sector, including board level experience, and have actively taken the lead in developing senior teams to improve performance, locally, regionally and nationally. Find out more.

Coaching process

I deliver a coaching style that is developmental, supportive, safely challenging, accessible and positive. I do not tell my clients what to think or do and believe that their thinking and ideas are the most powerful part of the coaching session. However I do have a coaching process that helps structure the learning: understanding the context and identifying goals, employing tests and tools to identify the problem (if required), designing a plan of action to get the results needed and review and reflection.

I am trained to use a variety of tools that help clients develop self-awareness and plan for their learning. I have found MBTI, TKI Conflict Handling Instrument and the Emotional Intelligence tools to be particularly useful for medics. I ask all new clients to complete a learning agreement (to ensure expectations are met) and a measuring progress self-assessment sheet. This asks people to rate their level of confidence on subjects such as: leadership & management responsibilities, home / work interface and career development.

Clients

I work exclusively with Doctors. I coach people who are approaching CCT, new Consultants, GPs in leadership roles, those working part time, Heads of Service and others considering retirement. Specialties include: Surgery, General Practice, Respiratory, Radiology, Anaesthetics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Clients typically want to develop non-clinical skills in: leadership & management, career-planning & development, skills & task-management and personal performance. These people want to work privately in a one-to-one setting where they can develop their thinking and decisions. They want their learning to be sustainable and focused on their situations and they want to do this independently of their employers or commissioners.

The focus on medical knowledge, clinical competence and practical experience is rightly the main priority in training. However this often does not give individuals the development of non-clinical leadership and management skills that are performance areas that are vital to doctors. See more benefits.

Standards

I always ask clients to complete an evaluation form at the end of the contract. As a member of the EMCC I abide by their code of professional standards and ethics. I attend regular supervision events and sessions by qualified and professional bodies. I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and I abide by their standards to keep records secure and confidential.

WHICH REGION OF THE UK WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO COACH?   
England - London England - Midlands and East
HOW WILL YOU BE WILLING TO COACH?
Face to face, skype and via telephone
WHO ARE YOU WILLING TO COACH?
Individuals and teams
FOR WHAT MEDICAL CAREER STAGES ARE YOU WILLING TO COACH?
Medical students, Doctors in training, Consultants, GPs, Medical leaders
OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES

I am married to a hospital consultant (Respiratory and Intensive Care medicine) and I have watched with interest his career develop from medical school, to postgraduate training in the USA, private practice in the States and back to the NHS in 2002 as a consultant. This has given me a unique insight into the personal pressures Doctors face at different stages in their career and on a daily basis.

Prior to specialising in coaching and mentoring, I was an experienced senior communications and organisational development specialist with extensive experience of the health and voluntary sector and have 20 years experience working with charities, voluntary organisations and in the health sector.  I have board level experience helping to manage budgets in excess of £350m regionally and have actively taken the lead in developing senior teams to improve performance. As an organisational development (OD) specialist I have led teams, headed projects and worked as an individual and team coach.

I develop and deliver training workshops and facilitate sessions for doctors and their teams. Business partners for 2015-16 include: Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Local Medical Committee, Royal College of General Practitioners (Leicester, Nottingham and Cambridge Faculties), Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services, Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management, Health Education East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber Foundation School and the Royal College of Radiologists.

Work includes Mentor and Mentee training and project development (RCR), CPD sessions on career and leadership development (RCGP), Organisational Development and Team Coaching (LLRLMC), Facilitation and Team Work skills training (NW MLS).

I am also currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Leicester Print Workshop. This leadership role gives me access to keeping my own leadership and management skills and experience active. 

Testimonials

 “As a result of my sessions with Alexis I feel more confident in myself (a revelation after 15 years of clinical practice!), and much more able to not only accept, but play to my strengths. I also feel that I have been given a ‘survival toolkit’, which I can use in the future too.” General Practitioner

“Alexis has that rare quality of listening not only to the words you are saying but also the nuances. She is able to analyse and effectively summarise. But she does not force her opinion on you; the conclusions you draw are your own. She facilitates the process and it is all the more powerful for that. The solutions are your own and you feel more empowered to make the changes you feel are necessary. She gives you the time and space to introspect, which is something of a luxury for most doctors.”  Hospital Consultant 

“This is the one thing that I have done in the last ten years that has positively changed my work, practice and relationships.” General Practitione

I probably would have got there eventually, but this coaching has sped up my learning by 1-2 years.” Hospital Consultant (5 months in post)

“When I started the coaching sessions with Alexis I was recently appointed to a new role. Although I had been a consultant for over a decade I felt that in this new role I was poorly organised, often crisis managing and had no time for longer term planning. The coaching sessions were a really valuable way of improving my performance and happiness with my role. Alexis provided the perfect balance of actively listening, reflecting back my thoughts along with her own insights and then developing achievable goals. I would strongly recommend her coaching, particularly to doctors who are starting a new role or phase in their careers.” Hospital Consultant

“The concept of coaching had been recommended to me prior to the opportunity of working with Alexis. Initially I was uncertain how this would help, but found that the time taken during each session to enter into a reflective, challenging conversation paid dividends in the weeks following each session. Whilst I probably knew what the challenges were before the sessions, I had not taken the opportunity to reflect and do something about it – this time with Alexis provided that impetus. It is sometimes really difficult to find a space in a busy schedule for this1:1 time, but it really is time well spent.” Hospital Consultant 

“I would highly recommend coaching sessions with Alexis. I am so much clearer in my mind with regards my professional ambitions, the means to achieve them and the personal sacrifices I am prepared to make for those ambitions. I am already spending more time with my family! It is an excellent opportunity for introspection and taking stock. She gives you the time, space and her undivided attention.” Hospital Consultant

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