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SWL Mentorship Programme

South West London has been offering mentorship to GPs in their first five years post-qualification since 2021, and the scheme is now being extended to mid-career GPs too.   This is part of a  National Mentoring Scheme that was started in 2021. 

Funding is provided by NHS England and Improvement and the training is delivered by integrated care systems (ICS). 

The mentoring scheme is an opportunity for experienced GPs to form connections with colleagues, to the benefit of both. It is intended to improve job satisfaction and retention in general practice for both mentees and mentors.  

Regular South West London locum GPs are eligible for mentoring too, so long as they also work at least three sessions in South West London per week. 

Mentors are paid a sessional rate for their work and their selection is based on experience and personal attributes. Many already hold teaching, training and/or coaching qualifications, and all undergo further coaching and mentoring training.

Mentors and mentees meet for approximately one hour each month for between 12 and 24 months. The content of 

the hour is decided by the mentee. The sessions are free for mentees and take place in their own time.  

Mentees can be allocated a mentor at any time (depending on availability). Please contact the Project Manager, Nisha Patel (Nisha.patel16@nhs.net), if you would like a mentor. 

Mentor recruitment takes place in response to need. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Nisha and she will alert you to the next round.  

The contacts on this page are happy to answer your questions. 

Zehra Safdar – Merton Training Hub Lead (zehra.safdar@nhs.net)

Testimonials 

"Great experience. Bespoke to my situation. Helped with my CV, my confidence and my approach to getting back to work in a practice I am now so happy with. Could not recommend it more." 

“I found the SWL mentorship programme invaluable; having a senior mentor external to my practice meant I could discuss issues with a more objective and impartial perspective, whilst also learning from my mentor's experience.”

“I would encourage future potential mentees to join the program. I was able to talk through my concerns and be able to understand the situations much better from an experienced GP partner. It was great having their experience to talk through things.”

‘It was useful, and I appreciated the meetings and advice and support from my mentor at a time of change’

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