RD08 (2017) Mentoring

 

Benefits:

Mentee

·        ↑Motivation

·        ↑Confidence

·        ↑Performance

·        ↑Satisfaction

·        ↑Resilience

·        ↑Openness to ideas

·        ↑Academic participation

Mentor

·        Mental stimulation

·        Fulfilment from helping the mentee

·        Fulfilment from having helped the profession

Alternatives

·        Peer support (i.e. ‘buddy’ system)

·        Peer group (e.g. study group)

 

Mentoring programme:

Set up

·      Assemble a group of interested people

·      Establish a local need

·      Identify willing mentors

·      Appoint a programme co-ordinator

·      Allocate non-clinical time to mentors

·      Provide training to mentors

Rules

·      Trainee participation is compulsory

·      Mentor selection is voluntary

·      Conversations are confidential

·      Not used for performance assessment

·      Relationship can be terminated if unhelpful or damaging

Mentor criteria

·      Not involved in trainee’s assessment

·      Mentors no more than two other people

 

Mentor-mentee relationship:

Purpose

·      Confidant/-e

·      Role model

·      Teacher

·      Networking

·      NOT telling the mentee what to do

·      NOT making decisions for the mentee

Content of discussions

·      Personal development

·      Career development

·      Workplace problems

·      Clinical problems

·      Critical incidents

Planning

·      Initial meeting 1 hour

·      Frequent and regular meetings vital

·      Trial period of 3 months