OD Virtual Mentoring 

OD Virtual Mentoring

Do OD and the 10 local leadership academies are working in partnership to grow our award-nominated OD virtual mentoring network.

We have created a national OD virtual mentoring network where OD practitioners and those working in change and transformation can access an experienced OD mentor, using a virtual process. We recruit mentees nationally and match them to our mentors who have undergone training in how to mentor effectively in the virtual space. 

Want to get involved?


Applications for becoming a mentor are now closed. We will let you know via our newsletter when recruitment is open again. 

For more information on training as a mentor download our flyer for mentors and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions


We recruit mentees from across the national Do OD network and the regional leadership academies. Applications are now open so if you work in OD in the NHS and are interested in being mentored by an experienced OD practitioner starting in February 2020, download our flyer for mentees and fill in an application form. The closing date for this round of mentees is Friday 31 January at 5pm -  we will be in touch in February to let you know if you have been successful. 

Background to the OD Virtual Mentoring programme

What is mentoring?  

Mentoring is described as ‘help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.’ (Clutterbuck Associates)

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee find the right direction, develop solutions to career issues and believe in themselves and boost their confidence.

A mentor should help you become more self-aware, take responsibility for your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

How the programme started

Building on our OD capability work, we felt it was important that practitioners have access to good quality OD mentoring.

With funding from the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy we were able to commission a bespoke programme of training with Ashridge Business School for six virtual OD mentors as part of a pilot. After the training, each mentor worked with a mentee.

During the pilot each mentee could access a maximum of three sessions with their mentor, lasting 90 minutes each, via the telephone. The feedback from this pilot was overwhelming positive, read more about the experience from the mentors and mentees perspective and how the sessions have shaped their work and thinking.

Where are we now?

With funding and support from the network of academies, we are now recruiting mentors and mentees for our sixth cohort. 

We have spent time reflecting on the process and evaluating the outcomes. We’ll be sharing a more detailed summary of the findings, but needless to say both mentees and mentors described the fantastic benefits of being involved in the programme.

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