We’ve all had moments at work when we’ve thought, “am I really meant to be working here?”, “is this what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?”.
This section of the website aims to signpost you to all resources known to the Phoenix Programme that might be able to help you with struggles at work, from time management and finding inspiration in your current role, to considering a change in direction in your career.
Coaching can be a key part of career decision making and we are lucky in Nottinghamshire to be able to access a variety of coaching opportunities:
GP-S is a free mentoring, coaching and signposting service for general practice which supports you to make the best decisions for you and allows you to create your own positive change within your career and personal life. GP-S can support GP trainees (ST3 only) and GPs across Nottinghamshire.
RCGP coaching: coaching provided by the RCGP for both members and non-members.
NHS Looking after you too coaching: coaching provided directly by the NHS for all staff to support you by providing opportunities to process experiences, develop coping skills, deal with difficult conversations, and develop strategies for self-management in difficult circumstances.
NHS Looking after your career coaching: coaching provided by the NHS with more of a focus on your career. If you are thinking about your career and what you want from your current role, or if you are thinking about exploring new opportunities and making some changes, the coaching is designed to support you to take more control over your career direction and proactively advance it.
If you are a newly qualified GP (salaried/partner) within your first 2 years post-CCT you may be eligible to become a New to Practice Fellow. This involves access to regular, funded mentoring. This is slightly different to coaching but still extremely useful as way of checking in with an experienced colleague and reviewing your career aspirations/any work issues.
Part of the process of coaching involves getting to know yourself – there are a variety of personality profiling/strength finding tools out there:
The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund has produced a series of useful articles for doctors considering alternative careers, including guidance for application and interviews outside of medicine and specific careers such as media doctor, finance, consultancy and law.
Medical Forum – This offers careers support via telephone and useful online resources.
Medicine options – an article written by Sheffield University regarding alternative career options for doctors
BMJ Careers – BMJ site regarding many types of jobs for medics