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The big question: does the mentorship system need to be overhauled?

A study by the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust has found that the mentorship system is only “just holding together”. 

Researchers carried out in-depth interviews with 22 staff from two higher education institutes and 15 from seven trusts, all of whom had key roles in providing mentorship.

Mentors identified a range of challenges, including pressures on the number of students that could be supported owing to a reduction in qualified nurses.

Conflicting demands on time were also becoming “increasingly acute” for link lecturers, who said they regretted the reduction in time they were able to spend in practice settings.

What do you think are the challenges facing the mentorship system? Does it need to be overhauled?

Your comments could be published in the magazine.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Yes, I think the mentorship system needs to be overhauled and in the face of the forthcoming Francis report, nursing needs to prove that training is robust and reliable to silence our critics.

    At present, there is a gulf between theory and practice. There's not enough protected time for mentors and Practice education facilitators and Link lecturers need to spend more time in practice settings working with mentors and students - to oversee placement interviews, review documentation and challenge poor mentorship.

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