Mentorships

Overview and benefits

The mentoring scheme is a funded scheme which will give locally based experienced GPs within North West London the opportunity to upskill and to support more newly qualified GPs.

The aim of this scheme is for highly qualified GPs to develop their mentoring skills and educate newly qualified GPs by being present and creating a space that feels safe and confidential where they are able to discuss their experiences. The mentors should be available to advise or assist the mentees with their professional development. The aim of the relationship is to encourage the mentee to build their self-confidence and make decisions to improve their work experiences to ensure there is a work-life balance.

The experienced GPs will benefit from the funded training. They will also be offered the opportunity to take part in the ILM5 course as additional training. This course would supply them with the abilities to provide accurate mentorship and encouragement to their GP associates.

The GP mentors will be assigned mentees who are newly qualified doctors on the SPIN New to Practice GP Fellowship. They support the mentees in 1-2-1 and group sessions. 

Requirements

To qualify as a GP mentor, you will need the following:

GP mentors must work in a general practice in North West London for a minimum of 3 clinical sessions per week there.

Hold full registration and a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Meet the requirements for remaining on the NHS England GP Performers List and report to NHS England any concerns that might affect their status on the National Medical Performers List.

Not be subject to interim suspension under section 41A of the Medical Act 1983.

The mentor has at least 5 years of general practice experience post CCT.

The mentor must have GP educator certification. This includes any training that would enable them to work as a GP trainer or appraiser, as well as any postgraduate medical education certificates. If there are suitable mentors who do not have this but are deemed to be suitable, there is training (ILM5 mentoring) available to support them to become mentors.

Mentors must commit to mentoring for at least 1 year and commit to at least one session a month.

Mentors should meet with their mentees regularly (minimum 6 sessions), with the acknowledgement that some mentees may need more sessions and support.

Mentors performing peer sessions will meet their group for 1 session a month.

How to apply

Any GPs who are interested in becoming a mentor will need to complete the application form below, submit their most up to date CV and submit a short biography discussing their experience and interests. This will be shared with prospective mentees.

Once completed, please send all three items to hannah.olaniran1@nhs.net to apply.