Applications open for NHS Leadership Academy’s new ethical mentoring programme

Are you an accredited NHS coach or mentor ready to develop your skills? The Ethical Mentoring programme will help you mentor colleagues grappling with challenging ethical dilemmas.

Ethical dilemmas occur when someone is conflicted about the right choice to make, and when two or more values compete for priority. These values may be personal, organisational, societal or any mixture of the three. When you combine this with the expectation of NHS leaders to tackle complex problems against a backdrop of a changeable and political system, making an ethical decision can be very challenging.

National programme lead for coaching & mentoring, Charmaine Kwame–Odogwu said: “This programme provides a moral context to help people evaluate business processes and resolve conflict between business and social imperatives. Ethical mentoring is about helping others make better decisions at work that affect the wellbeing of our staff and our patients. Through our skilled community of coaches and mentors, we aim to provide timely support to all colleagues in the system who are facing ethical dilemmas.”

This programme is for you if you are:

  • An accredited mentor/coach working formally through regional coaching & mentoring registers


  • NHS staff who regularly (on an informal basis) have experience working with colleagues within a coaching or mentoring capacity and can demonstrate a firm understanding of coaching/mentoring methods.

This programme is for you if you are a mentor wanting to help colleagues:

  • Create an environment for an open dialogue
  • Understand and work with ethical dilemmas
  • Explore and question their own values, and those of the NHS constitution
  • Recognise and challenge false logic
  • Make difficult choices
  • Have difficult conversations with other people

The programme starts with two days of training, which cover the theory and practice of ethical mentoring, with Professor David Clutterbuck and Professor Celia Moore. These take place on:

  • 9 and 10 February 2017 (London)
  • 15 and 16 February 2017 (Leeds)
  • 14 and 15 March 2017 (Manchester)

You will also receive:

  • Ongoing access to supervision and CPD to enhance your practice and continue your learning journey in ethical mentoring
  • Membership to a virtual learning campus where you can share, learn and collaborate with other mentors, access the latest resources and connect with subject matter experts


Programme cost (non-NHS) £500
NHS subsidised cost £100

Closing dates

London 27 January
Leeds 3 February
Manchester 3 March

Applications are now open. You’ll need to register with our leadership community website NHSx, if you haven’t already.

Apply now

24 replies on “Applications open for NHS Leadership Academy’s new ethical mentoring programme”

  • I am very interested in the job. Please send me more information.
    Many thanks.

    Dr Lois Goding
    • Hi Lois,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Our programme lead, David Peat, will be in touch with you shortly.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • I am a learning and development officer with south west ambulance service, paramedic ECP background.
    I am interested in the two day London dates.
    I am really keen to know more about the role please.
    I have 31 years NHS experience.
    I am just completing a current degree.
    I am up to date with all clinical practice.

    Lisa Buck
    • Hello Lisa,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I have passed on your enquiry to our programme team who will be in touch with you shortly.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • Hi I am an associate NED and long term conditions patient. I have previously been a mentor in third sector and church sector although not formally a registered mentor. Would you still consider me if I applied as I believe having a person who has experience as a patient should be valuable in this area.

    • Hello Jono,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I have passed on your enquiry to our programme team who will be in touch with you shortly.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • I would like to register my interest in becoming a mentor.

    Dr Chi Davies
    • Thank you Chi. We will be in touch shortly.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • Count me in please. Looking forward to more information. Regards, Virginia

    Virginia Banga (de La Hamayde)
  • I can’t manage any of the training dates announced so far, unfortunately. I’m very keen to be involved and hope there may be a second round of applications later in the year.

    Bridget Wilkins
  • Unfortunately I now cannot make any of those dates. I also hope there will be second round of dates, especially in London.

    Monika Samuels
  • DearNHS Leadership Academy team.
    I am very interestred in the programme and feel that I’m very well placed to contribute effectively.
    Please could you send further information and advise about next steps.

    Peter Spurrier
    • Hi Peter,

      Thank you for getting in touch. You can apply for The Ethical Mentoring programme here.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
      • Thanks James. I have put in the application and would need to know more before finalising my commitment.
        Also, the 2 day training sessions are all difficult for me, although I could stretch to one of them. I can see that I’m not alone in this.
        Would you consider trying to offer a further alternative?
        Regards, Peter

        Peter Spurrier
  • Hi
    This sounds fascinating. I am an accredited mediator and conflict management coach with 10 years experience as a nurse and midwife in the NHS. Could you please clarify what commitment to availability you would expect following the course, what (if any) remuneration, and how mentors would be allocated? Thanks

    • Thank you for getting in touch Nancy.

      Our programme team will be in touch with you shortly to discuss eligibility and how you can apply.

      Thanks again,

      James Marcus
  • As an experienced Occupational Therapy educator and practitioner, trained as a Best Interests Assessor with over five years experience in clinical governance (nine therapies) and currently unemployed but involved in community care with a special interest in healthcare chaplaincy, bio- ethics and courageous conversations, I feel very drawn to your programme offer. With Masters degrees in Education, Professional Health and Social Care Studies and Leading Innovation and Change as well as qualifications in Chaplaincy, (including reconciliation and theology) I feel I might be well prepared to learn more about Mentorship by attending your training. I hope I can join your programme. All dates and locations are feasible for me, perhaps with Leeds being easiest for me. Please send me application details if you feel it is appropriate. Thank you.

    Angela Novak
  • Is this on a volunteer basis or paid? If paid. How much. Im asking more to see if its cost neutral with travel etc.

  • Hello

    As a coach and mentor within AWP Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust I would be really interested in attending the Bristol date, together with a couple of my colleagues. Please can you advise how we all proceed with this.

    Tracey Owen
    • Hello Tracey,

      Thank you for getting in touch. A member of the team will be in touch with you shortly to discuss this further.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • Could abuse and put my name down on a waiting list if you are planning to run this session again in London? I have only just seen this and have obviously missed the London dates

    • Hi Gemma,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I have added your name to the registrations of interest, and we will be in touch with any future Lodnon cohorts.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • Hello,

    I am enquiring as to if there is any ‘mentoring’ available to people in senior roles?
    I am looking for mentor who is external to my organisation.


    Claire Fryer
    • Hello Claire,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I have passed on your enquiry to a member of the programme team who will be in touch with you direct shortly.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus

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