ADPH Mentoring Scheme (with support from PHE)

ADPH has recently launched a mentoring scheme which aims to offer DsPH who are new in post and in interim/acting positions, support and guidance from colleagues who have had substantial experience in a DPH role.

How it Works
DsPH who are interested in participating the scheme, will be asked to complete a sign up form indicating their preferences in a Mentor or Mentee respectively. Upon completion of a one – day mentoring training session, the Mentors will then be matched to Mentees, taking these preferences into account. Within each mentoring relationship, Mentees and Mentors will be expected to commit to a certain number of hours over the period of one year.

Eligibility
Mentors: Full members with at least 3 years of experience in a substantive DPH post.
Mentees: Full members with up to 2 years experience in a DPH role or those in interim/acting DPH positions.

How do I find out more? How do I apply?

To find out more about the mentoring scheme or if you’d like to participate in the scheme, please contact lucia.lucas@adph.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the ‘mentoring’ scheme different from the ‘peer to peer’ support scheme?

What is the expected duration of each full mentoring relationship?

What would be the structure of a mentoring relationship?

How long is each mentoring session expected to be?

Would I need to sign any documents?

What if a specific mentoring relationship isn’t working out for me?

Would the mentoring relationship be confidential?

Where would mentoring sessions take place?

Frequently Asked Questions for Mentors

Who is eligible to become a Mentor in the scheme?

Who would I be supporting?

How much time would I need to commit?

What would I gain from the role?

Can I still become a Mentor if I am retired or retiring within the two year required time commitment period?

How many Mentees would I be supporting?

What support and training would I receive?

Would the Mentor training lead to external accreditation?

Where would the Mentor training be located?

If I already have some mentoring experience, do I still need to attend the initial Mentor training?

Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees

Who is eligible to take up the offer of mentoring, as a Mentee?

In what ways would the scheme offer me support?

How qualified are the Mentors for the scheme?

Would I be expected to travel?

What would be my responsibility?

How is the ‘mentoring’ scheme different from the ‘peer to peer’ support scheme?

The Mentoring Scheme seeks to match more experienced DsPH with less experienced colleagues, whereas the peer to peer support scheme is intended for any two DsPH to have a partnership relationship where they both support each other. Unlike Mentoring, there is no time commitment involved with the peer to peer support scheme and it is up to both participants to arrange meetings and phone calls (rather than it being the Mentee’s responsibility as is the case with the Mentoring Scheme). For more information on the peer to peer support scheme contact: enquiries@adph.org.uk.

What is the expected duration of each full mentoring relationship?

Each full mentoring relationship is expected to take place over the period of one year with higher frequency of sessions at the beginning of that period.

What would be the structure of a mentoring relationship?

Following matching, the mentoring relationship is expected to proceed as follows:

· Introductory chat (15 min phone call)

· Contracting meeting (preferably visual)

· Five follow up sessions (visual or by phone as per individual preferences)

How long is each mentoring session expected to be?

We suggest that each session lasts approximately one hour, but sessions can be longer if preferred/agreed by both parties.

Would I need to sign any documents?

You would be asked to complete a sign-up form highlighting your preferences and following the introductory meeting, you would be asked to sign a Mentoring Agreement.

What if a specific mentoring relationship isn’t working out for me?

If a specific mentoring relationship is not working out for you, the mentoring co-ordinator should be notified and, in exceptional circumstances, the Mentoring Agreement can be terminated early.

Would the mentoring relationship be confidential?

Mentoring should ideally be delivered in line with the ethical guidelines set out by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. This states that the bounds of confidentiality should be clearly agreed and articulated at the start of any relationship. Usually, mentoring conversations are confidential unless there is an issue in relation to safety or legality.

Where would mentoring sessions take place?

The dates, venues and the mode of communication would be mutually agreed by the Mentor and Mentee.

Frequently Asked Questions for Mentors

Who is eligible to become a Mentor in the scheme?

Anyone who has been in a substantive DPH role for three years or more. The scheme is currently only available to Full members of ADPH.

Who would I be supporting?

You would be supporting new in post or interim/acting DsPH with any short/medium term issues they may have, through a structured but informal mentoring scheme.

How much time would I need to commit?

The expectation is that Mentors would participate in the scheme for a minimum of two years and support up to two Mentees each year. Within each mentoring relationship, the Mentor would be expected to provide a minimum of one hour of contact per month, for a maximum of 12 months, with an overall commitment to the scheme of half a day per month, inclusive of the initial training day and coach supervision sessions.

What would I gain from the role?

You would gain experience of mentoring/coaching less experienced colleagues.

Also, as an additional perk, you will be given vouchers for ADPH events to be used by yourself or another member of your team.

Can I still become a Mentor if I am retired or retiring within the two year required time commitment period?

Yes, as long as you enrol onto the scheme whilst still being in post.

How many Mentees would I be supporting?

The expectation is that you will have up to two mentoring relationships per year.

What support and training would I receive?

You would receive a one day initial Mentor training session, delivered by an experienced mentoring trainer and you would receive a one day annual supervision session to refresh methods, review your experience and provide support. In addition, you would have access to resources and reading material through our e-Forums. Should, in exceptional circumstances, you need specific and confidential Mentoring advice, this can be arranged on a case by case basis.

Would the Mentor training lead to external accreditation?

No, but the knowledge and experience gained through the process could count towards one if the trainee pursues an accredited course.

Where would the Mentor training be located?

We would do our best to propose venues for the training day that best accommodate the cohort of interested Mentors we receive.

If I already have some mentoring experience, do I still need to attend the initial Mentor training?

Yes. All interested Mentors (regardless of their previous mentoring experience) are required to participate in our one day training on mentoring with elements of coaching’ before they can be matched with Mentees. The session will be tailored to the DPH role context and will target both those with previous experience in mentoring as well as those who are new to it.

Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees

Who is eligible to take up the offer of mentoring, as a Mentee?

Anyone who has been in a DPH role for two years or less as well as anyone who is currently  in an interim or acting position. The scheme is, at present, only available to Full members of ADPH.

In what ways would the scheme offer me support?

You would gain access to a more experienced DPH colleague through a structured but informal mentoring scheme. The mentoring support would initially focus on resolving short to medium term issues you may have in the context of the DPH role and would also be of benefit to you if you were facing any specific challenges.

How qualified are the Mentors for the scheme?

All Mentors participating in the scheme have had at least three years of experience in a substantive DPH role and they would have undergone a one-day training in mentoring with elements of coaching.’

Would I be expected to travel?

The sessions may be arranged face-to-face or remotely depending on participants’ preferences. However, where travel is needed, Mentees would be expected to travel to a Mentor’s preferred location.

What would be my responsibility?

You will be responsible for making the logistical arrangements for meetings, including booking an appropriate venue where necessary and for setting the agenda. You may also be asked to give developmental feedback to the Mentor on how the process might be improved and you would be expected to provide feedback to the ADPH on the overall processes of the scheme.