Existing Mentoring Schemes
Updated: Oct 2022

Below you will find a list of existing local, regional, and national mentoring schemes.

The East of England Mentoring team is rolling out a region wide scheme with:
-Obstetrics and Gynaecology
-General Surgery 
-Public Health

This is a fantastic opportunity for senior trainees to take on a leadership role, allowing you to support and develop your junior colleagues as well as to develop your own mentoring skills.   Click on the links below to sign up!

Why get involved with mentoring?  

Mentoring is advocated by many professional bodies, including GMC, BMA and multiple Royal Colleges. Mentorship is increasingly recognised as a two-way process key to personal and professional development. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your own communication, educational, and leadership skills.   

We aim to extend this to other training programs, so watch this space and follow us on Twitter @eoementoring for updates!

We are aware of a number of other schemes that are in development and that hope to be up and running in the near future, so if you don't find what you're looking for now check back again soon or contact mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk for more information.

NB - If you know of any schemes that are not listed below, please contact us at mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk so we can update our list!

NEW SCHEME - General Surgery

Regional EoE Scheme


Lead: Dr Sarah Downey, Consultant Surgeon
Mentor ST 6-8
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 


Mentee ST 3-5
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 


NEW SCHEME - Public Health

Regional EoE Scheme


Lead: Dr Kirsteen Watson, Consultant in Public Health
Mentor ST 3-5 - Sign up : Email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 
Mentee ST 1-2 - Sign up : Email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 

NEW SCHEME - Paediatrics

Regional EoE scheme

Pilot scheme launched February 2022

Lead: Dr Jogesh Kapadia, Consultant Paediatrician 
Mentor ST 5-8
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 


Mentee ST 1-4
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 




Regional EoE scheme

Pilot scheme launched February 2022

Lead: Ms. Daisy Nirmal, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 
Mentor ST 5-8
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 


Mentee ST 1-4
          - Sign up via QR code below or email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 




Local scheme - Cambridge

  • Lead: Dr. Serena Goon, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Mentees: ST3+
  • Mentors: Consultants
  • Buddying system

National scheme

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland run a national mentoring scheme for their members.  For more information, click here


Regional scheme

  • Lead: Dr. Vass Vassiliou, Consultant Cardiologist (Norfolk & Norwich)
  • Mentees: ST3+
  • Mentors: ST6, ST7 with Consultant support
  • Active for 3 years


National scheme

The British Cardiovascular Society holds a list of consultants who have offered to mentor BCS members ST3 or above.  For more information please click here or contact enquiries@bcs.com

Clinical Oncology

Regional scheme

  • Lead: Dr. Ellie Gatfield, Trainee Rep, Addenbrookes
  • Mentees: ST3 trainees
  • Mentors: Senior trainees
  • Buddying system, run for last 3 years
Emergency Medicine

Local scheme - Cambridge

  • Lead: Yasmin Sultan
  • Available trainee doctors as either mentors and mentees
  • Certificates are available to recognise participation
  • Please contact Emergency Medicine TPDs for more information
General Practice

Bury St. Edmonds

  • Relatively informal scheme
  • New ST1s paired with ST3s
  • Lead: Dr. Rebecca Cummins-Lagden (TPD General Practice, Education Centre, Bury St Edmunds)



  • Relatively informal scheme
  • New ST1s paired with ST3s

Regional scheme

Infectious disease

Regional scheme

  • Lead: Dr. Lucy Rivett (ST7)
  • Mentees: All trainees
  • Mentors: Core Infection Trainees are mentored by high specialist trainees. HST are mentored by consultants.
  • Run since 2018.

Regional scheme

  • Lead: Dr. Sian Alexander
  • Mentees: The mentees are soon-to-be ST3s in neurology in the East of England. The soon-to-be ST3s are identified and contacted about 6 months in advance of starting following their recruitment.
  • Mentors: Mentors are existing SpRs. Particular effort is made to pair people who have direct experience of the hospital they are working in. There is a "no fault" arrangement where if the mentoring pair doesn't work out for either party, a new arrangement can be made
  • Near-peer mentoring scheme pairing up soon-to-be ST3s and more senior SpRs. In addition, many SpRs and consultants in the region are mentors to prospective neurology trainees (FY1-IMT3s) via the national ABNT mentoring scheme.
  • The scheme is currently active and has been running since 2017 
  • It is worth noting that EoE neurology trainees also benefit from trainee support sessions organised by Susie Hunt on training days (10 a year) which offers a great opportunity for mutual support. The scheme is self-sufficient.

National scheme

ABNT mentoring scheme which pairs prospective neurology trainees with existing trainees and consultants (https://www.theabn.org/page/mentoring)? The ABNT is also putting together a meeting for trainees approaching/in final year of training regarding planning for and working in the first years of consultancy which is maybe a way of offering some mentor-like input on a bigger scale to reflect the challenges that transition poses and we are directly helping with this with the hope that this will be an excellent resource for EoE neurology trainees.




The Royal College of Pathologists  has set up a mentoring scheme for members interested in improving their quality improvement skills.  More information can be found here.


Regional scheme


  • Overseen by HEEOE Mentoring Scheme


CPFT scheme

  • Lead: Dr Selin Aktan 
  • Open to all CPFT psychiatry trainees from every specialty
  • Email: Mentoring.Service.cpft.nhs.uk

Local scheme - Addenbrookes

- Lead: Dr Thais Minett
- Mentees: Radiology ST1 and ST2
- Mentors: Senior radiology trainees
- Contact: thais.minett@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Local scheme - Norwich

Lead: Dr Davina Pawaroo
Mentees: Radiology STs at any level
Mentors: Senior radiology STs and consultants
- Active programme which has been running for several years


The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) runs a national mentoring scheme open to trainees from medical students to registrar level.  They also run mentor training courses.  For more information, please click here.

A mentoring scheme for Core Surgical Trainees in currently in development. For more information please contact us.

Trauma & Orthopaedics

Regional scheme

  • Lead: Miss Helen Chase (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in NNUH)
  • Mentees: New ST3s
  • Mentors: Senior trainees
  • Currently being established.
Women in Medicine

The Medical Women's Federation runs it's own national mentoring scheme open to members.  You can find out more here, but if you are interested in getting involved as a mentor or a mentee you should contact the MWF Central Office.

Medical Women's Federation


The NHS Leadership Academy runs a return to work mentoring programme for NHS leaders who have taken time out of practice and are returning to work. More details can be found here.

NHS Leadership Academy


The University of Cambridge Clinical School Academic Women's Forum runs a mentoring scheme for women based in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus for women interested in research opportunities or a career in academia.  For more information, please click here.


The Health & Care Women Leaders Network​ does not provide mentoring per se but they are a free network for women working across health and care. They connect through events, masterclasses and tweet chats, and share learning through podcasts, blogs, videos and key reports.

Join us to celebrate our skills and talents, connect with colleagues and challenge gender stereotypes in the workplace. You never know where your next mentor will come from! Check out their blog on mentoring and how to find your own mentoring relationship here.


NEW SCHEME - Haematology

Regional EoE scheme

Launched September 2022

Lead: Dr Elena Genendra, Haematology trainee + clinical fellow

For more information: email mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 


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