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Introducing the NEW Mentor Development Programme!

The NHS NWLA’s Mentor Development Days have long been a corner stone of our Mentoring Scheme providing training and quality assurance for all mentors who access and provide support through our NHS NWLA Mentoring Hub.

Recently we have worked with our members, mentors and mentees to understand how delivery of this session would best work for them in the future. Through this process we have been able to review, update and modernise both the content and delivery of these sessions as well as moving to a new virtual delivery model.

Our new Mentor Development Programme is a series of 3 virtual, interactive half day sessions that provide participants with the knowledge and skills to begin mentoring and to join the NHS NWLA mentoring scheme.

The new programme will:

  • Introduce the NHS NWLA and Mentoring Scheme
  • Explore what mentoring is and the difference between coaching and mentoring
  • Consider the role of context and inclusion
  • Explore and apply the skills involved in mentoring
  • Provide space for you to think about and understand your existing styles
  • Inspire you to take a developmental approach to conversations
  • Share learning, experience, tools and top tips
  • Link to the Mentoring Hub

The virtual sessions will be interactive, with a mixture of group work, small discussion groups, practical activities, as well as space for individual reflection and breaks for maintaining energy. There will be some pre-programme reading and activities in readiness for coming to the sessions.

Participants on the recent pilot sessions shared their feedback and takeaways from the programme:

“It was really valuable to experience mentoring during roleplay from the perspective of a mentee, a mentor and an observer. I can apply how I felt in these positions and draw on other people’s styles to ensure I met the needs of mentees.”

“I will feel more confident in being a mentor and supporting those outside of my organisation. I now don't feel that I need to know everything or give anyone the answers.”

“So many of the skills learned are transferable to many situations in our life - with family, friends, our patients, colleagues. I definitely feel it will help to strengthen some of my people skills, improve listening, powerful questioning, building rapport, etc”

Find out more about our Mentoring Hub and becoming a mentor or mentee here. To view available dates and register for an upcoming Mentor Development Programme click here.

If you would like any further information get in touch with our team at

Coaching and Mentoring Champions

Are you passionate about coaching and mentoring with a desire to shape and support coaching and mentoring strategies in your organisation and locality?

Are you looking to enhance your skills knowledge and experience, as well as sharing that knowledge with others?

Why not become a Coaching and Mentoring Champion? We are currently recruiting!

As a Coaching and Mentoring Champion, you will be part of a network of Champions influencing the North West’s current and future approach to coaching and mentoring, whilst also supporting this agenda in your locality/organisation.

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