Medical Mentoring - elearning for healthcare
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  • FICM Thrive

About the Medical Mentoring programme

Welcome to the Medical Mentoring elearning programme.

Health Education England (HEE) is committed to improving Junior Doctors’ working lives and effective mentoring plays a significant part in the development of a trainee. The resource was initially created to train mentors within the London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery, to build an effective mentoring network within the Deanery. The decision was later taken to open the Medical Mentoring programme up to the wider NHS.

This elearning resource has been created so you can complete the training to become a mentor to  doctors at all stages of their careers without the need to travel to a teaching session. It has been split up into two different sections so that you can dip in and out whenever it is convenient.

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Course Outline

Mentoring is a learning support mechanism where an experienced person provides guidance, knowledge and advice to someone who is in development or has less experience about a specific topic or function.

The role of a mentor is very important and whether the relationship is formal or informal, the fact is that a good mentor can be instrumental in the development of not only a mentee’s skills and knowledge, but also their behaviour, attitude and professional outlook.

This course will help you to develop your skills as a mentor, increase your awareness of your role and responsibilities as a mentor and highlight how the role of mentor might personally benefit your own development.

After completing and fully participating in this programme you will be better equipped to:

  • explain the mentor/mentee relationship and the roles and responsibilities involved
  • identify a clear set of guidelines and principles for a successful mentoring relationship
  • understand and use specific tools to help you provide effective support for the mentee
  • give constructive feedback and facilitate a process of feedback generation by the mentee
  • feel confident enough to provide high quality mentoring support.

At this time, this programme does not look to address what you should do if you have any mental health or safety concerns with regards to your mentee. Should this be case, please speak to the Peer Mentoring Programme Director within your Deanery, or should this role not exist, you should seek further advice from your line manager, Senior Information Risk Officer, Caldicott Guardian or the Dean of your school.

Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) Mentoring Programme

FICM Thrive

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine will be launching FICM Thrive a faculty led career mentoring and personal development programme for all doctors with a career in Intensive Care Medicine in the U.K. Initially a pilot scheme focusing on mentoring for new consultants in their first 5 years will be launched in Spring 2021. Following this the programme will be reviewed to increase its availability to individuals at all stages of their career.

The FICM Thrive mentoring programme endorses this HEE approved medical mentoring  elearning programme as a key useful resource and introduction to mentoring for mentors.

Completion of this e Learning programme is required in order to register as a mentor for the FICM led mentoring programme.

For further information on how to register with the FICM led mentoring programme please refer to the FICM Thrive mentoring guidance document and quick guides found on the faculty website

Following voluntary registration with FICM as a mentor and completion of this e- Learning module you will be matched to a mentee and will be required to sign a mentoring contract for 12 months with the potential for extension if required.

Intensive Care Medicine is a rewarding but challenging career and we believe that mentoring is an important way of supporting each other throughout the career.

Meet the team

  • Nicola Storring

    Nicola Storring

    Paediatric Trainee, organiser of KSS Paediatric Mentoring Programme and online mentoring module
  • Andrew Larkin

    Andrew Larkin

    Principal Consultant and content co-author, The Leadership Learning Team
  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Medical Mentoring programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Medical Mentoring programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Medical Mentoring programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Medical Mentoring programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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