What is the role of the mentor?

A mentor is a qualified professional (Nurse, Midwife etc) who has a mentoring qualification (English National Board 998 / 7, Mentor Preparation module). Your mentor is there to help you learn whilst on your placement. Learning is your responsibility; your mentor will facilitate.

Elements of the role

  • Teaching and support of learning
  • Assessment and giving feedback to students
  • Developing effective learning environments and student learning support systems
  • Reflective practice and personal development
  • Contribution to the design and planning of learning activities

Team Mentoring

Whilst on placement students are mentored using a team approach. Each student has a mentor who is responsible for the student's placement experience, and may have an associate mentor.

What is an Associate Mentor?

The associate mentor is a qualified practitioner (nurse / midwife / AHP / ODP) who has not attended any specific mentor preparation module at a university (ENB 998 / Mentor Preparation).

The role of Associate Mentor

  • To assist the qualified mentor to support a student within the team
  • The associate mentor will liaise with the mentor regarding the student's progress and needs
  • An associate mentor will work closely with a student, guide and counsel, demonstrate skills, assess competence, encourage reflection, and act as a role model, particularly when the mentor is not on duty
  • The associate mentor can sign the portfolio to say a student has achieved learning outcomes
  • The associate member cannot sign the summative assessment