Our dedicated Mentoring Hub is available to support both mentors and mentees from across Primary Care in the North West.
Access to the mentoring hub allows you to create a free profile by which to manage your mentoring, this includes managing your relationships, booking onto upcoming events, access to free resources and the ability to communicate with other members of the scheme. When registering you will be able to select Primary Care as the participating organisation which provides you access to the system.
Benefits of the scheme
Being a member of the scheme offers many benefits to you besides access to mentor training. You can build on your own development portfolio and the Mentoring Hub will capture your hours as evidence of your CPD. You will have access to a community of professional mentors and mentees via our Network Learning Events which take place three times a year across various regions where NHS professionals come together to learn about best practice in coaching and mentoring and support each other in their personal and professional development. The scheme runs other training and master classes to support all users and also runs a successful Coaching and Mentoring Champions Programme to ensure a coaching and mentoring culture is being promoted within organisations.
What to do if you want to join as a mentor:
Commissioned by the NHS North West Leadership Academy, the scheme provides all the training and tools you will need to develop your mentoring skills and no previous experience is necessary. The scheme is part of an overall strategy to develop leadership capacity at all levels in the North West. This strategy aims to develop staff leadership abilities to lead to innovation and integration of services.
- Go to the online NHS NWLA Mentoring Hub
- Click to ‘Register as a Mentor’ – select ‘Primary Care’ as your profiled organisation
- Complete your mentor profile (you may wish to pay particular attention to the ‘Mentoring Agreement’ so you understand what is expected of both the mentor and mentee role). Please also double check your email address is entered correctly, as this is your main point of contact throughout the scheme.
- Selecting your training day from the dropdown box of development day choices (please note you will need to complete your training within six months of registering your profile).
- You will receive an email confirming your registration and your event booking.
- There is some pre-course work which will be sent to you by email approximately one week prior to the development day.
- Attend the training day and receive log in details for the online NHS NWLA Mentoring Hub.
Following your training you will be asked to log-in to the Mentoring Hub and complete your profile with information about your mentoring experience and style. This will enable potential mentees to invite you to mentor them via the Mentoring Hub and you can choose to accept or decline. All your mentoring information and relationships are saved for you using the Mentoring Hub and can be accessed any time day or night.
What to do if you want to join as a mentee:
- Go to the online NHS NWLA Mentoring Hub
- Click to ‘Register as a Mentee’ – select ‘Primary Care’ as your profiled organisation
- Complete your mentee profile (you may wish to pay particular attention to the ‘Mentoring Agreement’ so you understand what is expected of both the mentor and mentee role).
- Once you have completed your profile you will receive an automated email with your login details. You can then search for a mentor immediately or sign up for a ‘mentee awareness session’ if you would like more information about the mentee role.
Finding your mentor
We have over 800 mentors on the database. To help you filter and find a mentor that fits your needs please see some tips below:
- Think about whether you would like a mentor internal or external to your organisation (there are advantages to both).
- Think about practicalities – would you like mentoring face to face, if so how far can you travel? Or would you be open to Skype/telephone mentoring? Depending on your preference you can filter the database by location.
- Think about whether you would like a clinical or non-clinical mentor (you could have more than one depending on what you would like mentoring for).
- Think about the reasons you would like a mentor (it is not a problem if this is not clear, searching by your interests may help you) .
- Depending on your reasons for mentoring you can search by interest e.g. leadership, research, education, service improvement etc.