Transitioning back into a complex and changeable system can be a difficult and lonely journey, which is why we’re offering NHS leaders at all levels an inclusive mentoring support package.
Our new Return to Work Mentoring programme is an exciting and dynamic mentoring scheme delivered by Charmaine Kwame – Odogwu, Programme Lead for Coaching & Mentoring at the NHS Leadership Academy, in partnership with Lis Merrick (MD Coach Mentoring) and Nicki Seignot (Coach Mentoring).
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We all know anecdotally that there’s a strong case for taking steps to retain talent, whether it’s ensuring that those returning to the workplace experience a smooth transition or providing colleagues with the support they need in order to make leadership decisions.
Dr. Belle Rose Ragins, an expert in mentoring, diversity and positive relationships at work, has long been examining the positive impact of mentoring on employees’ organisational attachment and the role gender and diversity plays. As Ragins said: “Changes that happen in people’s lives are not just left in threshold of one domain when you’re entering another. The presence of informal mentors helps people deal with life challenges that occur inside and outside of the workplace.”
And the quantitative research speaks for itself too. The much-quoted 2002 Harvard Business Review article Executive women and the myth of having it all painted a stark picture of the choices facing many US women making the choice to have children, which still hold true today and are hugely applicable to the UK workplace.
The research showed the fact that for many women with a successful career – between a third and a half to be exact – having children just wasn’t a viable option. In fact, 33% of such women (business executives, doctors, lawyers, academics, and the like) in the 41-to-55 age bracket were childless, a figure that rose to 42% in corporate America.
So it goes to show that for those who do venture into motherhood or adoption, for example, the type of support Return to Work Mentoring offers is critical.
Although this particular example concerns women, the programme recognises that all colleagues, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation, may need the support it offers at some point in their career.
Return to Work Mentoring – Animated Video
There are two opportunities being offered on the first cohort of the programme:
In phase one of the programme, both mentor and mentee will receive expert, in-depth training on the specifics of the programme before then embarking on phase two, the actual mentoring element. Phase one starts once we’ve successfully matched both mentor and mentee.
The programme is delivered to support busy schedules and is run virtually through a simple yet effective platform. All participants will have the same experience and input as they would through face-to-face participation.
We’ll be launching the programme with ten mentors and mentees from March 2016 and depending on the needs of the participants, it’s likely to run for a duration of between 6-12 months, including a robust evaluation period. After training, participants will be fully supported through regular supervision and support sessions, along with a comprehensive knowledge hub to access further resources.
This opportunity is open nationally to all NHS Leaders within the system at all levels of the organisation. You don’t need to manage teams or individuals to qualify.
This is just a taster of some of the more common themes, but coverage will be unique and entirely guided by the mentee.
The benefits of this type of support – to the NHS and individuals – can include:
It is unique because it offers:
Timing is everything on this programme and we can’t always predict the numbers of staff who are about to go specifically on this type of leave. We’re asking for applications from all NHS leaders at all levels of the organisation who are interested in becoming either a mentor/mentee and will be taking the following types of leave over the next three-six months (for a minimum of three months) or who have experience of taking this type of leave within the last five years:
To promote diversity in the system the NHS Leadership Academy is running this programme and reducing the rate to increase access. All are encouraged to apply.
If your organisation is struggling to fund the entire amount, please speak with us.
You should be able to commit to: