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About mentoring

Mentoring is the support and guidance of one individual to another to help with professional development and career goals with the opportunity to develop leadership capacity at all levels. Developing these staff leadership abilities will lead to enhanced innovation and integration of services within organisations; this will benefit patients, service users and the local population. Mentoring is available to a diverse range of employees with cross-organisational, cross-professional and peer mentoring relationships encouraged. The emphasis is on the needs of the individual with mentoring encouraging autonomy and self-development while helping to identify opportunities for future development. These collective improvements in an individual’s performance can lead to increased job satisfaction, while they also help to support the link between an individual’s role and their impact on patient care, benefiting the organisation and the NHS as a whole.

Who Can Access Mentoring?

The NHS North West Mentoring Scheme is open to all NHS staff in the North West region. As long as you are employed by an NHS organisation based in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside or South Cumbria you are eligible to join the scheme. 

Benefits of Joining

We provide a high quality, confidential service to match mentees with appropriate and qualified mentors who will be able to address their mentoring needs, question attitudes and preconceptions and help to provide clarity to situations with worthwhile guidance and suggestions. We also provide specially designed up-to-date training for individuals to become qualified as mentors with the scheme. All members will benefit from:

  • Building on their own skills
  • Attending our one day Mentor Development Day training
  • Access to regular CPD events
  • Gaining new insights and understanding through their mentoring relationships
  • Increasing their sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • Becoming a member of an established and experienced mentoring community
  • Access to practical advice, encouragement and support

Why become a Mentor?

- Are you interested in your own development and learning? - Are you a good listener? - Are you self-critical, reflective and curious? Mentoring is for you!

You will need to attend a Mentor Development Day in order to learn more about the skills involved in mentoring, the model we promote and some of the tools you can use with a mentee.

Why become a Mentee?

Mentoring is about getting support for your own learning and development wherever you are in your career. Working with a mentor will create a greater self-awareness of your unique talents and also identify some gaps in your current skills set. Using reflection you will learn what works best for you now and in the future, along with suggestions that can widen your horizons and narrow your actions.

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you’re from, having a mentor from a different organisation and professional background can facilitate new ways of working by broadening your horizons through sharing experiences.


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