OD virtual mentoring 

virtual mentoring

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 willing 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.

What happened next?

With funding and support from the network of Academies, we recruited a second cohort of OD Virtual Mentors at the end of 2016. We again used Ashridge Business School to train our fantastic new group. Each mentor took on at least two mentees during the first half of 2017. We have since spent time reflecting on the process and evaluating the outcomes. The results have been incredibly positive. We’ll be sharing a more detailed summary of the findings, but needless to say both mentees and mentors described fantastic benefits of being involved.

We’re delighted to announce that the network of Academies have agreed to fund another cohort of OD Virtual Mentors which we’ll be recruiting to in early 2018. It really is a great opportunity for all involved. 

Look out for more details on this web page, and if you’re particularly keen to find out more then email do.od@nhsemployers.org and we’ll keep you updated.

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
  • 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.


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