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Mentoring for Leadership

Do you have a passion for supporting the development of others?

"I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to mentor two senior people in very different parts of the system grappling with significant issues. One is re-designing local services and the other working towards systems change across health and social care. It is very enriching to learn about their worlds and their challenges and humbling to be able to lend them support through a process of questioning and watch as they move forwards by their own fresh insights".-Programme participant

"The facilitators were very genuine and open.They both had obvious enthusiasm for mentoring"-Programme participant

Who is the programme aimed at?

This programme can be undertaken by all NHS staff who have a leadership and/or management element to their role.

You don’t need to be working at a particular banding or grade to be a mentor but you will need to a have a genuine passion for supporting the development of others.


Developmental mentoring is a powerful personal development tool which enables people to learn from their own experiences, improve performance and maximise their leadership potential. It offers support which is similar to coaching but on a longer term and less formal basis.

The programme will enable you to develop new skills and identify your existing skills that will help you be an excellent mentor. The 2 day workshop is spread over 1 month to give you time to practice what you have learned and reflect. You will develop confidence in using different mentoring tools and techniques and increase your self-awareness as you work reflectively with others from across health and care.

The Thames Valley and Wessex Mentoring Scheme offers:

• An online register offering a confidential service to match mentees with appropriate trained mentors 

• Mentor training and on-going continuing professional development (CPD) to mentors

• A multi-professional supported network of mentors and mentees

• A development route towards becoming an accredited coach or diagnostic feedback facilitator (NHS Leadership Model or Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

• A team of leadership and OD experts to provide advice, guidance and support on your development and practice as a mentor

• All mentors will receive a comprehensive resource pack to support them.

What does the programme involve?

All mentors attend a 2 day training programme which comprises of 2 workshops approximately one month apart:

Workshop 1 – Mentoring defined and core skills training

Workshop 2 – Mentoring practice and applying the skills

There is also some preparatory work (approximately 1.5 hours) to complete prior to attending.

You will need to be able to support 2 mentees a year, meeting them every 6 to 8 weeks.

To register your interest in possible future Mentoring for Leadership programme dates please contact

All confirmed Programme dates are listed here