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Mentorship: being a mentor

Being a mentor

Supporting your mentee and yourself

How do I become a mentor?

Alan Nobbs, Head of Design and Development in the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team, explains more about peer support mentoring, its values and benefits, and what we can gain even in these difficult times.

Alan Nobbs shares his thoughts and reflections about peer-support mentoring

How to make the most of mentorship

There are two ways to find a mentee, remembering that we are using social media channels for mentors and mentees to find each other.

A) Twitter

  1. Add a logo to your Twitter profile to let potential mentees know that you are seeking to offer mentorship with our #ProjectMentor Twibbon campaign.
  2. Make sure you have posted at least one tweet using the hashtag #ProjectMentor or by adding it to your Twitter bio.
  3. Now you are showing Twitter that you would like to mentor you can also start a search for a mentee. Mentees will have posted a tweet that you can search for with the hashtag #ProjectMentorMe.
  4. Look for a similar graphic around someone else’s profile picture and direct message them to start a conversation and get connected. If you do this, you are committing to the guiding principles of great mentorship above.

B) Join the #ProjectM Managing Together Group

In this group connect with people who are looking for a mentor like you, or who are already mentoring and can offer helpful advice.

If you prefer a more formal approach, please visit your Regional Leadership Academy website, or your own employer’s — we know that many have very good local schemes that include training and coordinating mentorship matches.

Great peer mentors…

  • Recognise, first and foremost, that they are a role model
  • Have the capacity to genuinely, actively listen; listening with fascination and withholding personal judgements 
  • Are empathic and compassionate; bringing their humanity into the time and space they spend with mentees
  • Allow themselves to be fully present; recognising that the time and space is to be valued for whatever the mentee feels is most needed, exploring through open questions
  • Can co-create a space that feels safe and confidential; managing boundaries in the relationship
  • Are willing to share their own stories and experiences; respecting that this is the mentees time
  • Understand when they are at the limit of what they can offer; remembering that lots of additional support is available and can be signposted to such as Support Now and your regional or local offers.
How do I make the most of my mentor relationship?

To make the most of your mentorship, always refer to the guiding principles of great mentorship. They are there to help you.

Use the #ProjectM Managing Together group to pose this question or share your successes or top tips on making the most of your mentorship.

Join in the discussions or special sessions (coming soon) around these topics.

Follow us on Twitter @NHSLeadership and follow #ProjectM

Still not sure? Contact us with email [email protected] Please note, it may take a few working days to reply.

How do I give feedback?

Being receptive to giving and receiving feedback is a key principle of great mentoring. Please review this and reflect on how you are doing.

We appreciate that your feedback may be about the approach or experience (positive or otherwise). You can contact us by email [email protected] Please note, it may take a few working days to reply.

We will be developing our FAQs and you can help by contacting us [email protected]