Mentoring & Coaching
Mentoring and coaching is:
- Central to developing and supporting
- Underpins many aspects of medical
- Helps in achieving a doctor’s full
- Applies to doctors throughout their
In dealing with the ever
changing NHS, it is one of the tools used to build personal
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 mentor training.
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
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
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
- Most mental
health trusts have in-house mentoring schemes for consultants, or
know how to access mentors. Contact your clinical or medical
- 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
How do I become a Mentor?
- Contact your
division manager to find out how you can get involved in mentoring
- Speak to your
medical director to see if there is anyone within your trust,
looking for a mentor.
The College is
currently providing free mentor training to individuals who would
like to take part in its mentor scheme and become a mentor in their
Division. Please contact us for more information.
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.
- Together we have
developed one day mentoring training which was rolled out at the
start of 2016.
Please contact us if you are interested in
training or want the details of your local or faculty mentoring
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: email@example.com, or by
phone on 0207 245 0412.