The Severn Mentoring Scheme is available to all Newly Qualified GPs registered on Performers Lists within the Severn area and will compliment the RCGPs First5 initiative

The Severn Mentoring Network

The Severn mentoring network is a new initiative, developed by some local GPs and jointly funded by the Severn School of Primary Care and Severn Faculty of the RCGP. It aims to provide confidential mentoring support to newly qualified GPs in Severn.

Who is the scheme for?

The scheme is open to GPs within the first two years following qualification. It aims to help you with the transition from your vocational training scheme to working in independent practice. It is open to anyone beginning work in Severn, regardless of where you trained.

How do I access the scheme?

Information about the scheme is being sent out with all new applications to join the Performers Lists, as well as via the local GP training scheme and the appraisal network. The scheme is being administered by Severn Faculty of the RCGP, and if you would like to access the scheme, simply contact the Severn Faculty office and we will arrange to put you in touch with a mentor.

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are all either practising, or recently retired, GPs who live or work in Severn who have volunteered to be part of the scheme. They have all undertaken training for their role and have access to supervision as required. We hope that in time some of you will train to become mentors for future cohorts.

What can I expect of my mentor?

The idea of the mentoring network is to provide a confidential learning relationship between two individuals, where you will have the time and space to reflect upon your career. The remit of this relationship is as broad as you, and your mentor, would like it to be as we recognise that this time of your life is often full of personal events (such as marriage, pregnancy, moving house etc) that will impact upon your career decisions. You will be expected to sign up to a mentoring agreement (see attached).

We would anticipate that the relationship will last between 1 and 2 years, depending upon your particular circumstances. The first meeting will be face to face at a mutually agreed, preferably neutral, venue but you may then choose to have email or telephone contact as well as, or instead of, face to face meetings. Our experience of schemes elsewhere in the country suggests that you will probably be in contact every 6 – 8 weeks although obviously this varies between individuals. It is not anticipated that mentors would be expected to provide more frequent contact or support.

What happens if I don’t get on with my mentor?

We hope that this should not be a problem, but if you are not happy with your allocated mentor or if after meeting them you simply do not get on then contact the faculty office and we can allocate another mentor.

Do I have to pay for the scheme?

The mentoring scheme is free of charge to mentees as the mentors receive a centrally funded honorarium. However, you will be required to become a member of a local GP Education Trust.

Who will know that I have accessed the scheme?

As mentioned previously the scheme is designed to provide a confidential, supportive relationship, so it is up to you who you tell that you are participating. Severn Faculty will be keeping some basic information so that we can judge uptake of the scheme and advise you about future training opportunities. Any records of your meetings remain your property. We would however ask that you participate in formal evaluation of the scheme. We would hope to be able to publish some of this work, but any information you provide in this context will not be attributable to you as an individual.