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Dr Penny Newman,
Founder, Healan oaching
hælan - the state of being hal or whole,deriv. heal and health
Penny is an accredited, full-time coach with over a decade of coaching experience alongside a lifetime NHS career as a former GP, Medical(MD), Public Health and Organisational Development (OD) Director, Kings Fund, NHS Leadership Academy and FMLM Associate, and NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow. Her work has included instigating the Five Year Forward View, culture change and improved health and wellbeing across three merging hospitals over the COVID pandemic, working with UN Women to create 50:50 gender equality on all NHS Trust Boards, and pioneering health coaching nationally from scratch.
Penny now offers transformational coaching and consultancy and a safe, nurturing yet stretching space to help other professionals replenish, lead and improve patient care and social good in the following areas:
• Leadership and innovation • Careers and transition • Resilience and healing • Coaching service development • Equality and diversity
Her qualifications include MSc Coaching and Development (Distinction, Prize), EMCC Global EIA Accreditation Senior Practitioner, MBBS, MSc Public Health, FPHM, MRCGP (Merit) and MBBS.
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"I particularly valued the sense of presence I felt Penny had during the coaching sessions. She was able to think of ideas or tools to use in the moment. I was offered words of comfort or encouragement when I needed to hear them. I found Penny friendly and empathic, while professional, analytical and with appropriate boundaries and control of the sessions. I genuinely feel the coaching I have received has been exactly what I needed at this point in time."
"Penny is a great listener, empathetic and also has a good sense of humour so makes you feel very at ease. Penny also has an amazing ability to sum up what I have said and help me make sense of it, through discussion and use of different models. I have really enjoyed working with Penny and will miss our sessions!"
"Penny has a great attitude of being supportive but also being frank and honest. I really valued my coaching experience with Penny especially the space she gave me to develop a different, more constructive understanding and perspective of the environment in which I found myself."
"The sessions were hard work, but they provided me with clarity on my key strengths, gave me direction on what was important to me and focussed my attention on what to work on next. I was also able to explore internal barriers and unhelpful beliefs which may be holding me back and identify unwanted behaviours which could led to burn out if left unchecked.Penny was an excellent coach who not only used coaching techniques to help me secure my goal but also gave me time to focus on my wellbeing and work life balance."
"I have really loved Penny's style of coaching and found it a particularly good fit for me. Penny has been super-creative and used a wide range of prompts to help me think in different ways including drawing, meditation, breathing, talking to bits of myself etc. She generates clear and helpful hypotheses which move my thinking on and refuses to let me stagnate.
"Penny was excellent as a coach. I found Penny was able to achieve a lot through this in the short punchy sessions we had. She demonstrated high levels of empathy, compassion but did not collude. She was also able to challenge me when patterns of thinking or behaviour emerged in a way that was helpful. She was excellent at playing back my words to help me think more deeply.Above all her non-judgmental manner and approach and kindness with which she coached was inspirational to me as someone who works in this area – she really is holistic and has so much to offer to clients."
"Penny helped me to have a more positive focus to everyday problems, have a more helicopter view of my future and realise the impact of my NHS devotion on my personal health. While with other coaches sometimes I was ending the session confused and disoriented, Penny managed somehow to always create a direction. I could say that Penny inspirational and challenging at the same time – but knows when to stop challenging and offer focus."
"The coaching has made such a huge impact, not just professionally but on a personal level too. Penny is extremely intuitive, she gets me, and can read into situations things I wouldn't even see, and get straight to the point. I instantly felt at ease with Penny, she's an extraordinary coach who has boosted my confidence in ways that I don't think she can ever appreciate. I could not recommend her highly enough."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my coach and I have found our time hugely beneficial. She has an exceptional ability to create a safe, non-judgmental and positive environment, which allowed me a deeper level of exploration and growth. She helped me acknowledge and process my emotions in the best interest for my future – for example she challenged my thinking in a way that deepened my thinking and opened my mind to alternative possibilities and realities. Penny is a brilliant coach and it has been an absolute pleasure working with her."
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