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Mentoring provides personalised developmental support and is recommended by the College for all surgeons. With the rapid pace of change in healthcare organisation in recent years, surgeons not only face the challenges of maintaining the technical and clinical skills required of their specialty, they also have to adapt quickly to new organisational cultures and management structures. The report of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry stressed the importance of team-working and patient-centred leadership in promoting cultural change for the benefit of patient care.

Who is this guide for?

It is intended for surgeons, both for mentors and those receiving mentoring. Many surgeons will act as both a mentor and mentee at different points during their career.

What can I learn from this guide?

This guide provides practical guidance to surgeons acting as or seeking a mentor. It explains the nature and benefits of mentoring and identifies the principles of establishing and maintaining effective mentoring relationships.

It is intended to complement the College’s guidance The High Performing Surgical Team - A Guide To Best Practice and to be used as a tool to support the implementation of the standards set out in domain 3 of Good Surgical Practice.

Download the PDF here.

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