New mentoring scheme for trainees

DOCTORS beginning specialty training can apply to take part in a new mentoring scheme from the Royal College of Physicians.

Support will be available from October 2014 to core medical trainees (CMTs) – doctors who have completed foundation training – who are members of the RCP.

It follows a recent RCP survey which found 90 per cent of CMTs said service provision took up 80 to 100 per cent of their time, leaving little time for training.

Mentors will typically be specialty trainees (from ST3 upwards) and consultants from a broad range of specialties across the UK.

The RCP said the scheme aims to allow CMTs to “work with and learn from senior colleagues, who are not their direct clinical or educational supervisor, whilst also providing fresh insight for both the trainee and mentor in their particular fields.”

It will initially run for six months with the potential to extend it further to include doctors at other stages in their career.

RCP careers fellow Dr Catherine Mathews welcomed the programme, saying: “Such a scheme will provide welcome support during what is often a busy time, enabling honest and reflective dialogue that will ultimately focus on the trainee’s career and personal goals.”

Applications close on May 14, 2014.

Find out more on the RCP website