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Mentoring Skills Development Programme for Senior Leaders – Cohort 7


What is it about?

The aim of this webinar series is to provide high quality mentoring skills development to senior leaders so that they are able to offer mentoring support to a wide range of individuals at different levels of seniority and in different disciplines within the Midlands area and to provide our talented leaders with tools and theories which will allow staff to work collaboratively, compassionately and in an inclusively diverse manner through engaging in curious mentoring conversations. Developing mentors supports the NHS Long-Term Plan, the People Plan and the development of diversity and opportunity for all.

The programme is designed to provide individuals with insight and vision into ‘what is needed’ and the specific tools needed to release the underlying potential within their mentees, in their organisation.

What is mentoring?

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring.

A mentor is someone who offers you space to think who has already had experience of the area you wish to explore and has knowledge and networks which may be appropriate to share as you develop and grow as a professional and as a person.

Mentoring is used:

  • to develop systems and place-based leadership at all levels to support population health
  • as a deliberate conduit to build leadership for inclusion
  • to shape and develop inclusive and system-focused talent management and succession planning for the health and care economy
  • as enablers for the organisational development (OD) agenda for cultural transformation and redesign that places the pledge of the NHS constitution at the very heart of leadership practice for world class patient and citizen care.

Mentoring allows:

  • Off-line support to encourage innovation and creativity, through an external sounding board able to challenge assumptions
  • Working beyond professional/organisational boundaries, to develop wider understanding and recognise the ‘bigger picture’
  • Development of leadership skills for inevitable ongoing changes: ‘time out’ to reflect on own and others learning and leadership approaches
  • Feedback, challenge and support from an impartial person, able to ask powerful questions and unlock potential
  • Building support networks that extend into the sources of power within organisations and societies.

Programme Structure


  • A clear understanding of what mentoring is, along with the key skills and competencies required to be effective in the role
  • Improved skills in listening, asking questions, contracting and boundary setting, giving feedback, offering high support and high challenge in conversations, agreeing options and overcoming barriers
  • Development of skills that underpin development of compassionate, inclusive and collaborative leadership support, person-centred care, and empowerment to foster independence
  • An understanding of reciprocal and upward mentoring and its benefits
  • An understanding of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council Code of Ethics
  • Self-reflection and raise self-awareness through input, exercises and discussion. It will include a blend of theory, discussion and experiential learning, supporting individuals to learn and develop as a result of the training
  • They will also have the experience of having acted as Mentor, Mentee and Observer in the afternoon’s mentor practice session. Delegates are asked to bring real life-issues to this session
  • Understand the different outcomes of mentoring, including growth, development, career progression, talent development, diversity and inclusion

Who can attend?

This is aimed at senior leaders in health and social care including:

  • Board executives including non-executive level
  • Clinical directors
  • System leaders
  • ED&I Leads and Network Leads (regardless of band)
  • Senior NHS leaders including NHSE&I, PHE & HEE
  • Senior leaders in social care including nominated individuals, directors of social care, directors of children’s services, senior leaders in social care commissioning & provider roles.

Training Dates and Information

You will need to attend all 3 webinars to be able to complete this programme and to register as a mentor with us.

Please note that by the end of the programme there will be an expectation that trained mentors will register on our mentoring database and mentor a minimum of two mentees per year.  In return, the Midlands Leadership Academy and Talent Team will provide excellent CPD opportunities and ongoing supervision.

This training is delivered via Zoom, you may need to contact your IT provider to ensure this is enabled on your equipment.

Cohort 7

1          14th April 2021 10am – 12.30pm

2          27th April 2021 2pm – 4.30pm

3          5th May 2021 2-4.30pm


Questions about this event?

Organiser s : Naomi Roots, Anna O’Kane,