The practice should nominate an experienced member of the GP team who will act as their mentor. The mentor should have significant knowledge of the role that the learner is undertaking and be in a position to support them on a daily basis.
There are no formal qualifications attached to the role of a mentor, but the Workforce & Training Hub team are able to offer support if needed. The Mentor’s responsibility is to complete initial, intermediate and final reviews in a timely manner and also be a point of contact for any questions/support needed during the working week.
As the learners progress throughout the training programme, they will have the opportunity to take part in regular peer support sessions and Action Learning Sets.
These are structured sessions facilitated by the Workforce & Training Hub which enable the trainees to work collectively together to discuss complex issues in greater depth. Through working in this way, they will be able to reflect on personal experiences, share ideas and challenge perceptions in a trusting and supportive environment. We will also invite experienced GP colleagues to join us for specialist advice and input.
The training programme also provides the cohort with regular opportunities for peer support, review and feedback. These are structured sessions which allow learners to feed back on their experiences in practice and to receive constructive advice and support. There will also be an opportunity to join a peer support WhatsApp group where the cohort can informally ask questions and get to know each other to create a community of practice.