The GMC defines a mentor as ‘someone who will provide you with guidance and confidential support, which can be wide-ranging, covering not just clinical work but also professional relationships and career plans’. Doctors already have established frameworks and for assessment, appraisal and revalidation but the emphasis in mentoring is to provide an opportunity for the mentee to reflect and develop their own career aspirations and priorities. The benefits of mentoring in medicine are increasingly recognised and mentoring is now supported by many organisations including the GMC, the Royal College of Physicians and the BMA.
BASHH introduced a mentoring scheme in 2009 with the aim of supporting new consultants during their transition from trainee to consultant. We have received very positive feedback from newly appointed consultants about the benefits of the scheme. Since this time the scheme has expanded to merge with the British HIV Association (BHIVA) to include doctors working mainly in HIV medicine and to include SAS doctors. More recently we have also expanded to include the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH).
We now offer mentoring to the following doctors:
New consultants within 18 months of their first post, including locums
Consultants returning to work after a significant career break
Established consultants who are undergoing a period of change (for example, as a result of tendering of services) who believe they may benefit from having a mentor
SAS doctors at any stage of their career; this includes co-mentoring
Our mentors are experienced consultants and SAS doctors who have had specific training. The mentoring period offered is 18 months.
Click here for more information about joining the Committee, becoming a mentor, and to access resources for mentors and mentees.