5 Your next steps
If you are completing this OpenLearn course as part of an NMC mentorship preparation programme, then you will need to additionally register and undertake the portfolio aspect of mentorship (KG006 Facilitating learning in practice: mentorship portfolio assessment) if you have not already done so. Details of this element of learning were discussed in the Introduction and guidance.
Following your learning and development as a mentor, it is important to disseminate good practice within your practice area. You will also have the opportunity to add to the body of mentorship knowledge on a wider scale. There are many instances where good practice and lessons learned from mentor challenges are restricted to a particular event at a particular time, with the understanding gained never being shared. The following activity asks you to reflect on your learning so far and any changes that you hope to propose.
Activity 6 Ways of sharing good practice
- Reflect on your learning so far. What do you hope to achieve in your future role as a mentor? As well as referring to required mentor standards and short-term goals, think big! Ideals should be aspired to.
- Consider and write a plan of ways you might disseminate your experiences and share areas of good practice.
It can be difficult to imagine yourself disseminating your own knowledge and expertise when you may only be at the early stages of a mentor role. However, everyone has to start somewhere, and it is useful to draw on accomplished role models who inspire you. Simply sharing how it feels to be a ‘new’ mentor would be a great start.
Below are some examples of how you might share good practice. Remember you do not have to do these alone – you may be able to collaborate with others who would be willing to contribute and give guidance.
- Being an excellent role model for both students and other mentors.
- Sharing good practice and proposals for change within team meetings.
- Discussions and evidence provided for triennial review.
- Sharing experiences within local and national mentor forums.
- Arranging regular meetings with link tutors and educational leads to discuss experiences, ideas and potential plans for improvement.
- Write an editorial or commentary for your organisation’s newsletter/staff briefing.
- Write an article for publication within a professional journal after discussing ideas with the editor.
- Presenting your implementation of improvements at a local, regional or national conference.
- Developing a mentoring blog.
- Arranging to deliver a seminar to mentor students.