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Mentoring in healthcare research


Watch all our professional development videos from the Wessex REACH initiative informal mentoring programme and NIHR Academy mentoring programme.

Mentoring Programme

Wessex REACH informal mentoring programme

‘Informal mentoring’ refers to a system where a senior colleague could offer support, signpost to relevant resources, reflect on their experience and sharing that as well as asking the mentee helpful questions to help them reflect on their career progress.


The programme will involve providing contact details of signposting champions/informal mentors across Wessex region through the local R&D offices, with a blurb introducing themselves, what they do and what support they are willing to offer (either one off or on-going mentor-mentee relationship). Using this information, mentees would contact suitable mentors to ask for support.


Please see below a short video providing definitions/description of the informal mentoring programme. Resources from the formal  NIHR Academy mentoring programme  are also available for reference. We hope that the programme will involve mentors (from HEI, NHS Trusts and Local councils) across various health and social care disciplines.


Are you research active and happy for your name and contact details to be provided to potential mentees through the local R&D office? Please sign-up here.

Dr. Emma King introduces the informal mentoring programme

More information available on the NIHR website

> NIHR mentoring programme

> Leaders support and development programme 

NIHR Academy Mentoring Programme

Beginning the mentoring relationship

Developing an effective mentoring relationship

Mentoring core competencies

Phases of the mentoring relationship 

The roles of the mentor and mentee

Purpose, direction and goals 


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The Wessex REACH initiative is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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