"Helen was a fantastic speaker on our virtual team event and enabled us to learn how to think effectively to achieve our goals and assess the probability of our success. Thank you Helen!"
- Luliana-Georgiana Stoian, HSQE Manager at Actionshake
"I feel much more confident after meeting with Helen, she was amazing! She showed me a great framework to identify where I need to work to achieve my goals. I can’t wait to read the book she sent me, it will be extremely helpful."
- Cristina Simion, Digital Marketing at Marketing Derby
"Having recently stepped into a new role. not only for myself but for the organisation i work for whose never had a HR department, these workshops arrived at exactly the right time. Helen is such a kind and positive person. The encouragement and support she gives in an hour, lifts you for the rest of the week. I have a whole new outlook on things, and Helen has given me such a drive to achieve what i used to think was impossible. The tools and techniques Helen taught, and made fun to learn, has given me the opportunity to tackle historical issues within the organisation for the better, and I've already seen results."
- Sinead O'Sullivan, Recruitment and HR Manager, Lifeline Ambulance, Dublin
"I stumbled across Go M.A.D. Thinking 6 months ago while undergoing a massive change at work when work-life balance had ceased to exist. Initially I was sceptical as the leadership / management courses I have previously undertaken have helped to some extent, but none had resulted in a fundamental shift in thinking. Helen was (and is) a breath of fresh air. She engaged me, pulled me aboard, highlighted the importance of ‘time to think’ and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities.
Go M.A.D. is a simple way of thinking and working which empowers you to carve a new path through life; both work and personal, taking people with you on the way."
- Jaime-ann Thurlow, Mum, Wife & National Medical Lead for 111 for Practice Plus Group
A bit about me
My healthcare journey began in the Whittington Hospital in 1985 where I began my career with the NHS as a Registered General Nurse. My work has always been an important priority as it was the foundation for me as a single parent since 1998. I changed careers in 1996 and joined the Irish Ambulance Service. I was the first female “ambulance driver” in County Longford, Ireland. I progressed through the ranks to become a Paramedic tutor and Advanced Paramedic. I also collaborated with the Pre Hospital Care council as an examiner.
I returned to the UK in 2011. I am a passionate healthcare leader. Over the last 10 years, I led significant 111 improvements in a London provider to include anonymous freedom to speak, just culture, red flag training, civility in the workplace, wellbeing in the classroom and significant system improvements. I set up a national shared learning forum for all 111 services to benefit from each other following incident learning. I have a keen interest in human factors. I worked alongside NHS external stakeholders over many years supporting and sharing ideas to make a difference within 111 services in England.
In August 2021, after 36 years in healthcare, I met Andy Gilbert and the Go M.A.D. team where the freshness of the methodology to capture your thinking and create a different groove in the mind has been life changing for me. I am currently experiencing a new beginning. The release of helpful energy at the Go M.A.D. HQ in Leicestershire, was something I had never experienced before.
I bring with me valuable experience in pre hospital, primary and secondary care areas and have first-hand experience of how Go M.A.D. can transform a team. Using the evidence-based tools to help yourself and others think, led to designing a wellbeing toolkit for staff in a 111 call centre, wellbeing champions and mindfulness in the classroom. It led to a different language being used in a pressure pot environment that meant it was ok to be anxious or stressed as staff could use the wellbeing tools to have a time out. That made a difference, improving staff engagement and empowered ideas which are now part of service protocols.
The tools can be used as part of a one-to-one, team meetings along with the self-talk that goes on in your head. Effective thinking is the key to success, unlocking full thinking power enables different actions and therefore improved results. It’s a proven technique with evidence based research over 25 years and is used within the NHS and other organisations around the world in 40 countries.
If you need to engage, equip, empower, evaluate and encourage your people to think differently and take responsibility for making change happen, contact me at: email@example.com.