About

Surf Lessons for All

Why choose us?

Philippa and Rhiannon Oakley are experienced healthcare professional, leading authorities and internationally renowned speakers in the field of health coaching and communication skills for healthcare professionals.

  • We hold formal coaching accreditations (SFEDI Level 5 Diplomas: Distinction)
  • We are Professional members of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, meeting their requirements for membership and compliance with their Code of Ethics
  • We are Registered Coaches and Mentors with the NHS SW Leadership Academy
  • With over a decade of experience working in both private practice and the NHS we help clinicians across all professions to create thriving practices with superb patient care at their heart. We offer “Train the trainer” coaching skills development, One-to-one and group coaching, in addition to our groundbreaking self-led online training courses and LGBT inclusivity consultancy services.

    We believe effective communication is at the heart of every good patient encounter and are passionate about enabling you and your team to hold better conversations, improve outcomes from care, avoid burnout and build a successful, ethical, evidence-informed practice. 

    How we can help you:
  • Private one to one coaching and mentoring at all levels
  • Group coaching for executives focusing on leadership and communication
  • Group coaching for clinicians wishing to move into executive roles
  • Self-led online training course in coaching and motivational interviewing skills – Next enrolment March 2022
  • Self-led LGBT training course for clinicians, providing an in-depth understanding of key clinical considerations and advanced communication skills to support this group
  • Self-led LGBT awareness training course for non-clinician and administrative staff
  • LGBT consultancy services including policy review, strategic development and more
  • Seminars, lecturing and workshops

    If your organisation is ready to benefit from our expertise, please contact us for more information, we would love to hear from you.

We have an international reputation for excellence and are delighted to have delivered lectures on a range of topics within healthcare, including communication skills, motivational interviewing, health coaching, and LGBTQ+ diversity, equity and inclusion. Our previous speaking events include:

  • The World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress Sept 2021 – EDI Panel Discussion
  • British Chiropractic Association Autumn Conference
  • Royal College of Chiropractors seminar
  • World Congress of Chiropractic Students AGM
  • COPA Series, London
  • WIOC University 2021-2022
  • Teeside Chiropractic University Nov 2021
  • Osteo-allies
  • Southeast Professionals Education Group (previously known as Sports Seminars USA) May 2022
  • CASA: Chiropractic Association of South Africa June 2022

Coaching with us

We work with both NHS and private healthcare clinicians and consultants, and have experience in executive business positions. With our first-hand experience, we have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those within the field of healthcare.

We offer both private coaching, mentoring and self-directed online CPD courses via our Confident Clinicians Academy. Our flagship course “Health Coaching and Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals” was first launched in August 2021, other courses also focus on communication such as “Ethical Marketing for Health Care practitioners” and we also collaborate with other professionals to create unique training around this topic such as “LGBT+ Health Care: Key considerations for Manual Therapists”.

When coaching and mentoring with us we work with both individuals and teams, taking you from where you are now to where you want to be. Our aim is to empower you through powerful questioning techniques, allowing insights to come forth organically which will improve both your performance at work and at home. Learning the TGROW model with change the way you approach problems and help you overcome challenges on your own in the future.

Oakley Coaching is proud to be a fully inclusive business, committed to inclusion across age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective. We are proud to champion our coachees, staff, and colleagues in being their authentic selves. 

With the constantly-changing landscape of healthcare, coaching creates a time, space and structure for clinicians and practices to discuss and implement positive change so that they remain ahead of the curve.

Our Story

When we started Oakley Coaching 5 years ago, I (Rhiannon) remember saying that I wanted to change the face of healthcare, by teaching communication skills to clinicians and helping them better support their patients in turn. We knew that whilst Philippa Oakley DC and I could make a small impact on patient care by working directly with patients ourselves, we could have a much bigger impact on patient care and the wider healthcare landscape if we taught the teachers instead, equipping you all with the skills to in turn support the people you work with. We knew that something had to be done to combat the challenge of disempowered patients, and overwhelmed practitioners, and we have always felt that effective communication is the hallmark of expert person-centred care and all that encompasses. With the support and enthusiasm of our family, friends, colleagues, institutions and professional organisations from around the world, we’re well on our way to achieving our goal, but there’s still so much to do.

From pivoting our multi-disciplinary chiropractic clinic in 2020 to creating a unique and inspiring online international education-focused Academy which is giving us a work-life balance we could previously only dream of- Philippa and I are living proof of how coaching can change your life.

We have spoken at the COPA Conference, the British Chiropractic Association autumn conference, and have have delivered lectures through the Royal College of Chiropractors, and the global Evidence-Based Chiropractic Network. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were delighted to support the CPD requirements of UK Chiropractors, Osteopaths and other manual therapists by delivering accredited CPD webinars and sending out over 200 hours of CPD certificates for free.

Since then we have launched our Confident Clinicians Academy and our flagship online communications skills training course, spoken at the WFC (Summer 2021 + Autumn 2021) and the BCA (September 2021), developed a series of undergraduate lectures for WIOC, are working on a project for the Isle of Wight NHS and spoken to the members of CASA: Chiropractic Association of South Africa.

We are proud to work with all practitioners and organisations that put their patients first, and are proud to be proactive, performance-driven coaches who can assist your team at all levels.

Philippa Oakley

(She/Her)

A qualified chiropractor with ten years’ experience within the NHS and private health sector, Philippa has a thorough understanding of the demands on team members and can help identify and initiate positive change within your practice.

Philippa graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) and was awarded the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC’s) prize for best research project for her work into how thoughts and feelings surrounding back pain can impact a patient’s response to care. She began her career working for a group of private clinics with an NHS AQP contract, completing a PgCert in Professional Development (Chiropractic) with the AECC and receiving the Graham Heale Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Training Candidate.

Philippa is the clinical director of Acorn Health, a former inter-disciplinary clinic that successfully pivoted to a virtual health service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and through Oakley Coaching enjoys working with practitioners to help them develop their business, soft skills and improve their outcomes from care with coaching and motivational interviewing skills.

  • SFEDI Level 5 Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction)
  • Professional Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
  • Coach and Mentor with the NHS Leadership Academy.

Connect with Philippa on LinkedIn here.

Rhiannon Oakley
(She/Her)

Rhiannon has extensive experience in marketing, public relations and business consultancy and works to create focus within the team, facilitating communication, prioritising targets and improving service delivery.

Rhiannon has a BA (Hons) degree in Events Management and Journalism and started her career working with a diverse portfolio of clients across a variety of industries. After establishing her own marketing and business development consultancy, Acorn Creative, she assisted with the expansion of Acorn Health into an inter-disciplinary healthcare clinic and worked as the Practice Manager. She continues to work with businesses across the globe, currently assisting in business support and education programmes for Local Authorities and the Government. Rhiannon has extensive experience in business development for SME’s, start-ups and established businesses and loves helping individuals and teams meet their potential.

  • SFEDI Level 5 Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction)
  • Professional Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
  • Coach and Mentor with the NHS Leadership Academy
  • An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Connect with Rhiannon on LinkedIn here.

How does coaching work?

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