NHSE Supporting Mentors Scheme
The Supporting Mentors scheme has been developed primarily to support the New to Practice Fellowship Programme, and is being delivered in Cornwall by Cornwall Primary Care Training Hub on behalf of NHS Kernow & NHS England. There are plans to expand this programme to other GPs in 2021.
The programme provides funding for experienced GPs to deliver mentoring support, and includes provision for training if required by the applicant to meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme. You can find the NHSE guidance for the programme here. In addition to this, there are some terms of engagement and an application form on this page specific to delivery of the programme in Cornwall.
There are 2 routes of application depending on whether you already hold an accredited qualification (for example ILM in coaching & mentoring). We have procured bespoke accredited mentor training to be delivered over a series of short virtual sessions and creation of a portfolio. Our first cohort of mentors completed their training in Spring 2021.
GP mentors will be required to agree to the terms of engagement in order to progress an application under the scheme.
- Route 1- You have already undertaken accredited training
Please contact us to apply for the scheme. We will send you our terms of engagement and application form. You will need to provide your certificate or evidence of your mentoring qualification.
- Route 2- You require accredited training to be eligible for the scheme
Please contact us for details of the next training opportunity. [email protected]
How to Access sessions with a GP Mentor
If you are a GP working in Cornwall, and would like to register your interest to access mentoring via the Training Hub, please complete the following form. We will then contact you with further information and look to match you will one of our trained GP Mentors.
What is Coaching & Mentoring?
The words coaching and mentoring are used interchangeably, so it is helpful to give them a definition to ensure clarity in terms of what is being offered.
While there are many different definitions of coaching, we have adapted those used by the SW Leadership Academy which is:
Coaching: a series of purposeful conversations that unlocks a person’s potential to help maximise their own performance. It helps individuals learn and grow through a collaborative, solution focussed, result-orientated process.
Mentoring: a developmental relationship in which one person (the Mentor) usually someone more knowledgeable, provides support and guidance to help another (the Mentee) to grow in their role and increase their potential capability.
Looking after you too – Primary Care Coaching Support
During the Covid-19 pandemic, a national primary care coaching offer was launched via Our NHS People – Looking after you too. This offer is open to all staff working in the delivery of NHS services, and enables you to book coaching sessions virtually. Availability can often be accessed on the day via this route.
For further information or to register your interest please email