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Chris James is the lead for recruitment and mentoring at Hywel Dda University Health Board and Chair of BMA Cymru Wales LNC at Hywel Dda University Health Board
I am part of the peer mentoring scheme for consultants at Hywel Dda, which was set up at the end of 2016. Consultants interested in participating attended a two day training programme back in October for peer mentors, which was organised by the Royal College of Physicians of London. Consultants were allocated into mentoring pairs with colleagues from different specialties and/or different hospitals within the health board.
The content of the training addressed why doctors should mentor, the attributes of an effective mentor as well as various “helping” frameworks that can be used in the mentoring process. The training day also included sessions on emotional intelligence and resilience in the workplace.
As change is a constant feature of doctors’ lives, I have found that discussing increasing demands of my various roles and changes within organisational structures and how they affect clinical practice on a day-to-day basis, very useful. Doctors sharing experiences is a powerful tool for increasing one’s ability to manage change effectively and to problem solve. This in turn can reduce the stress that can result from working with the ever-increasing demands of the NHS.
The peer mentoring scheme for SAS doctors mirrors that of consultants. So far, 20% of SAS doctors in Hywel Dda have enrolled onto the scheme, with more training days planned in July as more wish to participate.
This scheme is a joint initiative between the BMA locally and the health board, with the aim of increasing the support network for SAS doctors, to help them feel that they are not working in isolation and are supported.
Doctors value the help of other colleagues in moving forward with issues such as job planning, achieving work-life balance and working with difficult colleagues. These issues are common to all doctors and peer mentoring can result in significant changes in the way they think about, understand and approach these problems.
Improving a doctors’ sense of personal well-being also impacts on that individual’s professional practice and on their personal and professional development. This, in turn, will hopefully improve the sense of medical engagement in the workplace.
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