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Maintaining Your Mentorship

NMC local register of mentors
In line with NMC requirements, a local register of mentors and sign-off mentors has been established and is held and maintained for practice learning experiences (placement areas) by the PEF/ CHEF team. This information ensures that there are sufficient numbers of mentors to support the number of students undertaking NMC approved programmes.

 

Maintaining your mentor status
To maintain your mentor status you must have a three yearly (triennial) review of your mentorship practice, at which you must have evidence of having:

  • Mentored at least two students within the three year period. Practice Teachers are required to supervise one post-registration student undertaking a specialist community qualification over three years.
  • Participated in annual updating – to include an opportunity to meet and explore assessment and supervision issues with other mentors/ practice teachers
  • Explored as a group activity the validity and reliability of judgements made when assessing practice in challenging circumstances
  • Mapped ongoing development in your role against the NMC Standards to support learning and assessment in practice
  • Been deemed to have met all requirements needed to be maintained on the local register as a mentor or sign-off mentor.
     

Annual updating
The purpose of annual updating is to ensure that mentors:

  • Have current knowledge of NMC approved programmes
  • Are able to discuss the implications of changes to NMC requirements
  • Have an opportunity to discuss issues related to mentoring, assessment of competence and fitness for safe and effective practice
  • Mentors may, individually, undertake updating activities that do not involve a PEF.

An annual updating leaflet has been developed which provides examples of how you can achieve and evidence annual updating activities.

 

Mentorship record
The mentorship record will assist you to document your ongoing mentor development for KSF personal development plan/ review and demonstrate evidence for your triennial review.

The NMC domains and outcomes and NHS KSF document provides guidance which will support the implementation and embedding of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) within NHS Boards. It clearly demonstrates the key part KSF can play within the nursing and midwifery mentoring role. At the same time it provides reassurance for the individual mentor that their mentoring activities will supply appropriate and relevant evidence for the KSF development review process.

 

Retrieval of Mentorship Status
This workbook provides a 5-stage process for mentors who have been removed from the local mentor register but wish to become current mentors again. Mentors are expected to complete this workbook and declare themselves fit for purpose. This workbook will form the basis of providing evidence that they can link their previous experience and qualification as a mentor to the SLAiP Standards, will allow entry onto the local register of mentors and contribute to their continuing professional development.


Your PEF/ CHEF will discuss this process with you in more details should you be required to complete this document.