Mentoring & Coaching
Mentoring and coaching is:
- Central to developing and supporting doctors
- Underpins many aspects of medical leadership
- Helps in achieving a doctor’s full potential
- Applies to doctors throughout their career pathway
In dealing with the ever changing NHS, it is one of the tools
used to build personal resilience.
Dr Janice Birtle, the Specialist Adviser for Mentoring is
working to champion mentoring and coaching throughout the College,
and to support the setting up of mentoring schemes and to develop
What is Mentoring?
A mentor is a person who will support you by providing advice
and support at any stage of your career.
Your mentor will usually be more experienced and qualified than
you. They are often a senior person in the organisation.
The mentor can pass on knowledge and experience, provide or
recommend opportunities which you may not have considered, so you
can develop skills and competencies to progress your career, and
provide contacts that you wouldn’t normally access.
Read more about it in our mentoring and coaching
How do I find a Mentor?
- A personal approach to a recommended mentor or known senior
colleague often works well.
- Most mental health trusts have in-house mentoring schemes for
consultants, or know how to access mentors. Contact your clinical
or medical director.
- If you are a trainee or involved in training, contact your
Deanery to find out about their mentoring schemes.
- Some College Divisions are developing mentoring schemes, with
lists of volunteer mentors. This may be of particular usefulness if
you cannot find a mentor within your own organisation or would
prefer not to. Those in the subspecialties are advised to approach
the faculty Honorary Secretary or their division manager.
- The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management runs a
mentoring scheme (See
How do I become a Mentor?
- Contact your division manager to find out how you can get
involved in mentoring locally.
- Speak to your medical director to see if there is anyone within
your trust, looking for a mentor.
Contact your division
How is the College supporting Mentoring?
- The College has a small team centrally that oversees mentoring
and takes the lead in managing the ‘Mentoring Network’.
- Nearly all the Divisions and a number of faculties now have
their own mentoring leads which together make up the Mentoring
Network. The leads are instrumental in promoting and supporting
mentoring in their areas.
Please contact us
if you would like the details of your local or faculty
If you have any queries/questions about mentoring or would like
to join our network of interested individuals, please contact us at
the Royal College of Psychiatrists, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by
phone on 0207 245 0412.