Information about and for Mentors
Most mentors are hospital Consultants from around Health Education England (working across the southwest). They work in a variety of different medical and surgical specialties including psychiatry. Some have worked in more than one specialty e.g. they have been General Practitioners and are now hospital based.
The photos are of some of our Consultant Mentors.
Other mentors are senior Specialty Trainees (ST3-ST8) and there are a few non-clinical mentors. The choice of mentor is yours. What they all have in common is a set of generic mentoring skills and the desire to support others on a voluntary basis.
Research shows that Mentors also gain the following from the process:
- Enhanced coaching, listening and modelling skills
- Sense of being needed and valued
- Opportunity to develop and practise personal style of leadership
- Opportunity to put something back into the community or to contribute something to others in organisation
- Gain additional recognition and respect
- Increased personal satisfaction
- Opportunity to exercise creativity and best practice
- Learn new perspective and approaches
- Extended professional/community networks
- Experience in dealing with challenging situations
- A new focus and interest
This is what some of our Mentees have said about mentoring:
“I do think the scheme is valuable. It offers a safe environment for trainees to explore their professional and personal concerns outside the formal relationships with clinical and educational supervisors.”
“The training has helped me develop personally and professionally. I hope I have been able to manage situations of professional conflict in my work place more appropriately.”
“I would like to feel able to help others in ways that I was helped, in appreciation of the help I received (during training)”.
If you would like to have a mentor, or would be interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us here.