It is limited to GPs based within BOB who have achieved CCT. However, individual circumstances can be taken into consideration if there is deviation from the above. There is otherwise no specific requirement. It may be an opportunity taken up by a GP at an early stage in a career, or a GP at a later stage in his or her career, or for someone at any stage of their career who is struggling for any reason, and may even be considering leaving the profession.
No – the mentorship scheme has been funded by NHS England through the BOB ICS GP Retention Programme and is being led by the Oxfordshire Training Hub in partnership with Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West Training Hubs.
To help us ensure that we continue to receive funding to maintain this important service we will need to ask Mentees some questions about their reasons for using the mentoring scheme and for their feedback about their experience of using the service. It is envisaged that this should only take a small amount of time to complete at the beginning and towards the end of the period of mentorship. The feedback will help us to improve the service.
Yes – this is recognised as being of extreme importance. There is no expectation that either party will wish to maintain any specific record of what is discussed. As with any encounter within or outside the consulting room, however, if there is a serious concern about safety then the Mentor involved will have a professional duty to act on this. This may include breaching of confidentiality in extreme circumstances, but this is considered very unlikely to be necessary. Mentors will not keep any notes once the relationship has ended.
An appraiser may suggest that a GP might benefit from having contact with a mentor. Alternatively GPs can self-refer.
The mentors are Thames Valley GP appraisers who have additional expertise in mentoring. Most have additional qualifications in either coaching, mentoring or both. Once a Mentee has registered with the service they will be able to choose a Mentor. There is a short profile about each Mentor on the website which may aid in this.
Each Mentor is likely to vary in approach (in the same way that as GPs we will vary in how we approach a clinical presentation), but it is unlikely that there will be a clear right or wrong choice. All the Mentors are felt to have the inter-personal skills to be able to develop and maintain a successful Mentor-Mentee relationship.
There is a short profile about each Mentor on the Platform which may aid you in this. Each Mentor is likely to vary in approach (in the same way that as GPs we will vary in how we approach a clinical presentation), but it is unlikely that there will be a clear right or wrong choice in all the Mentors are felt to have the generic inter-personal skills to be able to develop and maintain a successful Mentor-Mentee relationship.
If it transpires the relationship is not working out as well as would be hoped, there remains the option of changing – and it is felt entirely normal and appropriate that this will need to happen from time to time without a need for any guilt or blame. If you would prefer to be allocated a Mentor directly then this can, of course, be done as felt appropriate.
To use this feature click on "Meetings / Messages", then select Meetings. You can then complete the meeting information and press Save. Once you have pressed save a notification will be sent to the Mentor / Mentee you have arranged the meeting with.
Generally speaking, most Mentors will respond quite quickly. A Mentor will be expected to respond within 7 days, however, reminders are sent out to Mentors to help them respond within this timeframe.
Click on "Meetings / Messages", and then click on the "Details" link. You will then be able to view your Mentor contact. In the bottom right hand corner you will see "Edit details". You can click on this to make changes.
Find the relevant Mentor contact and then click on the "Details" link. In the bottom left hand corner of the proposal you will see "Withdraw". You can click on this to withdraw Mentor contact.
If you then wish to reinstate the proposal you can simply click on the "Reopen Request" in the bottom right hand corner of the proposal.
The timing of meeting is by agreement between the Mentor and Mentee. Some Mentors may be relatively restricted in meeting times whilst others may be more flexible. Some may be able to offer evening and weekend appointments if that is what is preferred. Information regarding availability is contained within each of the Mentor's profiles.
In terms of location, there is no specific arrangement other than it should be safe and conducive to a private discussion which may last typically about 2 hours for the first meeting and 1 hour for subsequent meetings. Details will be subject to mutual agreement between the Mentor and Mentee. Use of the home is considered a reasonable option if agreed by both parties.
It is envisaged the first meeting will be face to face, but subsequent meetings have the option of being via other methods if preferred (e.g. telephone, facetime, skype). However, further face to face meetings are also an option, and consideration of location may be a factor when choosing your Mentor.
The first session will normally take about 2 hours. There will be an initial assessment and you will make a plan with your Mentor for the work needed.
It is envisaged that a typical arrangement will have perhaps 4-5 sessions (if needed) over the period of a number of months, this will total upto 6 hours. You are free to withdraw at any stage.
When logged into your account, click Edit Account at the top of the screen, and then click Delete Account. When prompted, confirm that you want to delete your account. This will withdraw you from any existing Mentor contact. If you require us to permanently delete all the personal data associated with your account then please submit a support request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the home screen, click "forgotten password?" at the bottom of the enquiry and register login panel and follow instructions to reset your password.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor and have relevant experience and/or training please get in touch with the Mentorship scheme administrator at email@example.com.
Northway Community Centre (2nd Floor), Dora Carr Close, Oxford OX3 9RF
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