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 BHIVA to include doctors working mainly in HIV medicine and to include SAS doctors. We now offer mentoring to the following doctors:
Specialty trainees within 6 months of their CCT
New consultants (within 18 months of their first post)
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.
If you think you would benefit from having a mentor, please contact your regional mentoring representative (Specialty trainees and consultants) or the SAS representative (SAS doctors) as listed at the bottom of this page. We ask you to complete the short mentee application form, accessed via the link below before you are considered onto the scheme.
Would you like to become a mentor?
We are always looking for new mentors to join our scheme. To be a BASHH/BHIVA/FSRH mentor you must have worked at your current grade (SAS or consultant) for 5 years and have undergone training in mentoring. You need to be empathic and willing to give your time to support and guide a colleague who may benefit from your experience. We ask that you adhere to our Ethical Code of Practice and our Confidentiality Policy.
We run a one-day mentor training course each year which provide the training you need, or you can attend other suitable training e.g. through a deanery or your own hospital. Training courses will be advertised in advance through BASHH, BHIVA and FSRH.
If you are a Consultant or SAS doctor who would like to become a mentor on our mentoring scheme, please complete the self-nomination form below and send it to Dr Emma Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring skills Training Course
The Mentoring Group is running another one-day workshop in London on Friday 6 December 2019 (0930–1600) to equip doctors working in sexual health/HIV with the knowledge and skills to mentor other doctors, or to update their skills in this area. Consultants, SAS doctors and doctors in training are all welcome. Registration will open in June 2019 via the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health website. To register or for any queries please email Dr Emma Fox or the FSRH Secretariat.
Support and Supervision for our Mentors
Following initial training, we offer on-going support for our mentors through the regional mentoring representatives and through supervision sessions. These sessions have been running in London since 2014 with very good feedback from attendees. They offer mentors a confidential but informal space to support one another in the subtle art of mentoring. You don’t need to have a mentee or a problem to benefit from the discussions and all levels of experiences are welcome. All sessions are facilitated by a consultant psychiatrist and are free of charge. It is expected that BASHH/BHIVA/FSRH mentors will attend at least 1 session over a 3 year period, as part of their on-going development as mentors.
Other Useful Links:
We are looking at developing a mentoring module for the GUM curriculum.
We are currently liaising with the FSRH over expanding the mentoring scheme to include consultants in Community SRH.
BASHH/BHIVA/FSRH Mentor Committee Members and Regional Representatives:
Please contact your regional representative according to the LETB/deanery that you work in (specialty trainees and consultants) or our SAS representative (SAS doctors) if you would like to be mentored or if you would like to become a mentor, or if you would like further information about the scheme:
Adrian Palfreeman (Chair, BHIVA) - Health Education North East, Health Education North West and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber
Emma Fox BASHH co-chair - Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Luciana Rubinstein (BHIVA) - North West and North East Thames - Health Education North Central and East London and Health Education North West London
Emma Fox - Health Education Thames Valley, Health Education Wessex and Health Education South West
(Emma Fox is temporarily covering these areas until a new appointment is made)
Imali Fernando - NHS Education for Scotland, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (and Ireland)
Adrian Palfreeman - Health Education East Midlands, Health Education West Midlands and Health Education East of England, North West Yorkshire and Trent
(Adrian Palfreeman is temporarily covering these areas until a new appointment is made)
Humphrey Birley - Wales Deanery
Michael Rayment - (New consultant representative)
Lorna Sands - SAS Representative
Sophie Flavell - Trainee Representative