Dr Sancha Robinson is a specialist anaesthetist, medical educator and coach working in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She is a colorectal cancer survivor.
Sancha is originally from the UK and graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 2003, before moving to Australia in 2006 “just for one year”. She was accepted into anaesthetic training and fellowed with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) in 2013. Sancha works as an anaesthetist in public practice, with areas of clinical interest including vascular angio, colorectal and gynae surgery and research interests in digital interventions to benefit colorectal cancer patients.
Sancha has a background in medical education and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (for Anaesthetists) from the University of Dundee, graduating in 2015. This provided a solid foundation in adult learning theory, contemporary assessment techniques and a module on leadership and management. As a simulation instructor since 2013, Sancha has extensive experience with debriefing and feedback conversations. She sits on various educational committees and project groups with ANZCA.
Sancha’s interest in coaching began during her 5 year tenure as a Supervisor of Training for ANZCA trainees. This interest grew into a formal independent coaching practice, to better serve the needs of doctors in the wellbeing and education space. Sancha graduated as a Master Certified Physician Development Coach with the Physician Coaching Institute in early 2021 and completed her Associate Certified Coach Credential with the ICF in late 2021. She holds a Diploma of Professional Coaching from the Australian Institute of Professional Coaches and is a panel coach for Capstan Partners, the largest regional organisation specialising in coaching provision and coaching research for healthcare professionals. Sancha now coaches doctors and other health professionals across a range of development areas such as exams, medical recruitment, communication skills, leadership, flourishing, confidence and imposter syndrome.
Sancha believes that coaching sits at the intersection of medical education and wellbeing, and that by improving the wellbeing and effectiveness of health professionals through coaching there is a multiplier effect on improving patient outcomes. As a patient herself she is passionate about coaching health professionals as a way to better serve patients.