A mentor is a registrant who, following successful completion of an NMC approved mentor preparation programme – or comparable university-accredited preparation – has achieved the knowledge, skills and competence required to meet the defined mentor outcomes at stage 2 of the developmental framework (see NMC 2008).
Mentors are responsible and accountable for:
- organising student learning activities in practice
- supervising students and providing them with constructive feedback on their achievements
- setting realistic learning objectives and monitoring students' achievement
- assessing total performance including skills, attitudes and behaviours
- providing evidence, as required by programme providers, of student achievement or lack of achievement
- liaising with others (e.g. mentors, sign-off mentors, practice facilitators, practice teachers, personal tutors, programme leaders) to provide feedback, identify any concerns about students' performance and agree action as appropriate
- providing evidence for, or acting as, sign-off mentors with regard to making decisions about achievement of proficiency at the end of a programme.
Find out more about becoming a mentor.