Existing Mentoring Schemes

Below you will find a list of existing local, regional and national mentoring schemes.  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 your looking for now check back again soon or contact mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk for more information.  If you know of any schemes that are not listed below, please contact also contact mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk so we can update our list. 


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

Emergency Medicine

The School of Emergency Medicine are running a scheme for ST3s, with a plan to roll this out to ST1s in the near future.  Please contact the Head of School for more details.


All Foundation trainees across the East of England should now be able to access a peer mentoring scheme at their host trust. For more information please contact your medical education centre or Foundation TPD

General Practice

AKESO is a "coaching / mentoring network within East Anglia and Essex, to support doctors who feel they might benefit from some time to reflect on issues that they face that may impact on their work and life – ranging from skills and performance to more developmental areas." 

GP trainees can access coaching through the Akeso network but this must be supported by a PSU referral.  More information can be found here.

We are currently facilitating the development of mentoring for GP trainees across the region. If you would like to be involved please contact us.



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

The East of England Clinical Oncology Buddy Scheme offers mentoring for new ST3 trainees starting in clinical oncology, delivered by more senior trainees.  For more information, please contact sara.lightowlers@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


Regionally a scheme to support gastroenterologists in training is underway. For more information please contact Laura Blackburn or Louise Scovell at gastromentoring@gmail.com.

British Society of Gastroenterology National pilot scheme that ran in 2015. The scheme is expected to be launched June 2018.

General Medicine

The Royal College of Physicians runs a mentoring scheme open to all members at foundation level and above.  RCP members at core trainee level or above can apply to be a mentor.

For more information about participating in the scheme as a mentee please click here, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor in the scheme please click here.  You can also read about participants' experiences here.


The Association of Elderly Medicine Education has developed OPMentor, which is open to trainees of any grade with an interest in geriatric medicine.  Click here for more information.


The Association of British Neurology Trainees run a mentoring scheme for trainees interested in a career in neurology.  For more information, please click here.


The British Society of Rheumatology runs a mentoring scheme open to all members.  They also run a separate scheme for rheumatology researchers.  Click here for more information.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

In the East of England, the School of Obstetrics & Gynaecology runs a scheme for ST1 and ST2 trainees to be mentored by senior trainees.  For more information, please contact  Dr Aparna Balaji, draparnabalaji@gmail.comSexual and reproductive health trainees are. also included in this scheme

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Academic Board have set up a mentoring scheme for academic trainees nationally.  You can find more information here.


A regional mentoring scheme has been set up for trainees in ophthalmology.  For more information please contact anthony.vivian@wsh.nhs.uk


A near peer mentoring scheme for trainees in the East of England has now launched.  For more information please contact hello@eoeortho.com


The East of England School of Paediatrics runs a regional mentoring scheme open to all paediatric trainees in the East of England.  For more information, please contact eoepaedsmentoring@gmail.com

The RCPCH does not run any national mentoring schemes.  However they do have run mentor training, have central standards for mentoring and a Mentoring Champions Network.  More information about this can be found here


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.


There are several localised schemes running in trusts across the region, including NSFT and WHHT.  A scheme is being set up in CPFT.  For more information, please contact mentoring.eoe@hee.nhs.uk


The Norwich Radiology Academy runs a scheme where ST1s are mentored by more senior trainees (ST2 and above).  For more information please contact Dr Davina Pawaroo at davina.pawaroo@nnuh.nhs.uk

The Royal College of Radiologists runs a mentoring scheme for trainees approaching CCT and new consultants who are full members of the college.  More details can be found here.

Sexual Health

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) run a mentoring scheme for new consultants and senior trainees within 6 months of CCT.  For more information, please click here.  Trainees in the East of England can also access the regional Obstetrics and Gynaecology scheme (please see details above)


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.

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.


Leadership Academy

The East of England Leadership Academy offers Coaching (some free, some chargeable) and Mentoring networks for those taking part in, or alumni of, HEE Leadership Development Programmes. These are now also available to those in leadership roles in respect of Coaching or Mentoring. (choose ‘Development Support’ tab).  Please see these pages for more information.

The Leadership Academy are also running 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