Our mentorship programme currently involves 15 pairs of mentors and mentees, with each mentee matched with a dedicated mentor. EMWWH facilitates interactions between the mentee and mentor at least once a month (this can be achieved using social media channels) during a six to nine month period, and then evaluates its impact on communication skills (number of presentations given within the departmental meetings, ground round, journal club, national and international meetings etc.), on time management, additional duties and data management, and finally on the representation of BME women on NHS committees. The issues addressed by this scheme include exploring the extent to which BME women are acknowledged, regarded and rewarded for their knowledge, experience and contributions at work. Opportunities are also offered in a number of areas such as interview practice, help with communication skills, and coaching.
Mentors had a range of professional experience and and came from a number of different professional backgrounds that included NHS consultants, University Professors and allied professionals.
8/10 found it easy to “meet” with mentees – including face to face meetings, telephone calls.
6/10 felt that the amount of time spent was appropriate. If it was deemed not appropriate, this related to a feeling that there was insufficient time.
9/10 met more than once, with most meeting 4 or more times (whether phone or face to face)
Of those who felt that the goals had been met or partially met, this mirrored that of the mentees.
6/10 mentors felt satisfied, and 4/10 partially satisfied. Almost all had enjoyed the experience, and will continue the relationship. If this was less than full satisfaction, this mainly related to not having sufficient time
Overall a positive experience for the mentors.
Mentorship pilot programme EMWWH Dec 2018-Dec 2019
12 surveys analysed.
5/12 mentees were relatively new to UK (<5 years)
10/12 found that it was easy to meet (face to face or phone) and all found that when the meeting did take place there was sufficient time.
8/12 had met 4 or more times
Goals were various including career development/progression (majority), worklife balance, understanding local system/culture, other work-related issues, (and more than one of these)
7/12 partially met goals and 5/12 fully met goals
10/12 found the meetings helpful (2/12 found this partially helpful)
11/12 found that they had increased in confidence
11/12 enjoyed the meetings
5/12 reported obstacles that mainly related to setting up meetings
11/12 will have ongoing relationship
All would recommend the scheme
8/12 are either already mentors or would consider becoming a mentor.
The main difficulties came from finding time to meet – and for two mentees, a different mentor was assigned as the first was not suitable.
Almost everyone found their goals partially or completely met, and almost everyone enjoyed the meetings, and will have an ongoing relationship.
Prof Jo Martin
Prof Sue Wong
Prof Kamila Hawthorne
Prof Sue Denman
Dr Anju Sinha
Dr Annupuruna Darbhamulla
Dr Indu Thakur
Dr Kinnari Mehta
Dr Nadia Bhal
Dr Anju Kumar
Dr Kavitha Pasunuru
Prof Shantini Paranjothi
Dr Seema Arif
Dr. Jehan Khatib
Dr Nidhika Berry
Dr Sangeeta Nathdwarawala
Dr Abhini Prabhaakar
Dr Renata Mirra
Dr Nida Afsan
Dr Andrea Liu
Dr Bethany Rosie Ranjit
Dr Tania Ghafari
Dr Sachi Joshi
Dr Annupuruna Darbhamulla
Dr Chantelle Wiseman
Dr Sadia Tayyaba
Dr Ishrat Islam
Dr Justna Muhith