The Training Hubs in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West are very pleased support this GP Mentoring scheme. This platform provides a range of resources and information to help you decide whether mentoring is likely to benefit you and how to sign up and connect with a Mentor.
At the core of the mentoring process is the one to one relationship with your GP Mentor who is trained to listen to you and understand the challenges you are facing. The process will involve gentle questioning to identify the cause of any problems and help you to find ways of resolving these difficulties. The whole process is led by you with the Mentor offering challenges and support. All the Mentors have had specific training for their role but each will bring different interests and areas of expertise. The Mentors all have knowledge of, and access to, a large range of local and national resources.
This relationship is core to the mentoring process and once you have registered your interest in taking part you will be able to access the Mentee's area of the platform to select your Mentor based on their profile information. Once you have selected your Mentor you can arrange an initial face to face meeting so they can understand what issues you would like to address. You will both then decide how often you would like to meet and what you aim to achieve in those meetings.
If at any point you feel you have addressed the difficulties or challenges you wanted to discuss, you and your Mentor will agree to end the Mentoring process. We envisage that each Mentor and Mentee will meet up to 5 times over a period of several months.
We hope that by participating in the Mentoring scheme you will develop greater confidence in dealing with your personal or work related challenges resulting in an enhanced sense of wellbeing. It may also help you to feel able to perform better at work or make decisions to advance your career by developing your current job or widening your area of practice.
There are many definitions of mentoring. In this context, it can be thought of as a constructive relationship between an experienced professional (the Mentor) and someone, (the Mentee) who wants to develop themselves in a safe and protected environment. The Mentor / Mentee relationship should be based on a core of mutual respect, honesty and understanding.
A Mentor does not tell the Mentee what to do, but rather helps the Mentee to weigh up situations using a process of reflection, questions, challenge and feedback. This will allow the Mentee to come to any decision themselves.
Right at the heart of the GP mentoring process is the opportunity to engage one to one, with the Mentor actively listening to the Mentee. The Mentor will help the GP to identify the problem they wish to address, identify the cause(s) of the problem, and guide them to a view of what would be an acceptable solution. The process involves sympathetic questioning by the Mentor so that the GP is able to arrive at a solution by themselves. The whole process is led by the Mentee with the Mentor offering challenge or support. All Mentors will have undergone specific training for their role, but each will be able to draw upon different interests and areas of expertise to assist them. They will also have access to a wide range of local and national resources.
These terms are often used interchangeably and, in a mentoring relationship, Mentors will often use coaching techniques to aid completion of certain tasks. However, coaching is usually task oriented while mentoring is relationship oriented. It seeks to provide a safe environment where the GP Mentee shares whatever issues affect his or her professional and personal success in total confidence. Although specific learning goals or competencies may be used as a basis for creating the relationship, its focus goes beyond these areas to include more emotive topics such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences the professional.
The scheme is open to any GP who needs a confidential listening service. We are all well aware of the stresses of current GP practice and the impact it can have on GP wellbeing and personal life. The opportunity can be taken up by a GP at any stage in their career, by someone who is struggling for any reason, or who may even be considering leaving the profession.
The scheme is not suitable for GPs who are suffering from more severe psychological difficulties or those who have a psychiatric disorder.
The GP Mentoring Scheme is run throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West and is limited to GPs based within those areas who have achieved CCT. GPs may self-refer or be recommended to take advantage of the scheme by their GP appraiser.
The service is free and completely confidential. Once you have completed your enquiry and registration and this has been verified by the administration team you will be able to view our Mentor's profiles. You will then contact your chosen Mentor via the platform to arrange an initial contact.
Once you have agreed the scope of what you want to address with your Mentor you will plan your meetings. Meetings will take place initially face to face but could then be by telephone or Skype if you both agree this would be more practical.
It is envisaged that you will meet about 4 - 5 times over a period of several months. If at the end of these sessions you feel you need to continue for a further session(s) this can be approved by the lead Mentor. You can stop mentorship at any point when you have reached your goals. On completion of your mentorship journey we will ask you to fill out an evaluation to help us ensure the scheme is working well and benefiting participants.