Step 2: Training of mentors

We found that about 2 hours, possibly split in 2 sessions, can be sufficient to convey basic principles. A number of mentoring models are available which should be taught and practiced. Links to various models can be found above under Considerations > Mentoring Models.

Suggested e-mail:

I just want to remind you about the Basic Mentoring Skills workshop happening (date), (location), which will offer you an introduction to the (model) of mentoring.

This will be an interactive workshop and we ask you to bring a work-related dilemma, problem or issue to the workshop that can be ‘mentored’ through.

The Advanced Mentoring Skills Workshop will be taking place on (date), (location) and will aim to consolidate your mentoring skills and review the challenges of mentorship.

These workshops are primarily aimed at Core Trainees, however they are open to any trainee who wants to refresh their mentoring skills or any trainee who wants to take part in the mentoring scheme for foundation doctors or new core trainees from August (if you haven’t previously had any mentor training).

Please do email (organisers) a CT1/CT2 and wish to attend.

Possible set-up of a 1-hour training session:

5 minutes              Introductions & filling of Pre learning questionnaire

10 minutes            Feedback & What is Mentoring, and what not?

10 minutes            Introduction to stage 1 of skilled helper model (Telling the story, Developing new perspectives, Choosing where to focus) & demonstration

10 minutes            Practice in pairs of stage 1

10 minutes            Introduction to stage 2 of skilled helper model (Imagining                 possibilities, Shaping a change agenda, testing commitment) & demonstration

10 minutes            Practice in pairs of stage 2 – hopefully they’ll come up with a goal they could achieve until next session?

10 minutes            Feedback & summary of last session

10 minutes            Introduction to stage 3 of skilled helper model (Possible strategies, Best Strategies, Plan) & demonstration

10 minutes            Practice in pairs of stage 3

10 minutes            Practicalities of how to start a mentoring relationship, including discussion about confidentiality

10 minutes            Discussion about possible challenges of being a mentor and where can mentors can help & support

10 minutes            Q&A

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