This programme has demonstrated significant demand for peer mentoring with 90% (76/84) of junior postgraduate paediatric trainees wishing to participate. Trainees welcomed the opportunity to discuss work-related and career-related topics and already value the support provided by trainee colleagues, supporting the concept of peer mentoring. This is further reinforced by the literature, which suggests that junior trainees prefer to be mentored by senior trainees rather than consultants, perceiving them to be more accessible and approachable.13
Our participants reported limited prior experience of peer mentoring despite recent recognition of the benefits of mentoring.14,15 This highlights a gap between demand for and provision of peer mentoring schemes, and the need for processes to facilitate training and experience in this important skill.
Our programme was well received, demonstrated by high completion rates and satisfaction scores. The majority of mentees perceived their mentor to be a key source of support. Those subjects not allocated a peer mentor, after a year of receiving ‘standard support’ available to all trainees, nonetheless perceived the value of additional peer mentoring support and were keen to participate if the programme were offered again.
A wide range of transferable skills was acquired by participants. One of our most powerful findings is the self-reported positive impact of the programme on both peer mentors and mentees in achieving change in behaviour. This is consistent with other studies16 and is thought to be underpinned by processes of problem-solving and change management.17 These positive behavioural changes are likely to be of benefit personally and professionally and, if sustained, may contribute to longer term professional development.
Meeting the required time commitment was the main challenge for participants. This well-recognised difficulty18 may be a result of conflicting shift patterns13 and/or significant geographical distance between mentor and mentee.19
Implications for wider implementation
Our programme provides a successful model that may be adapted for implementation in other regions or specialities. Features of the programme design we believe to have contributed to its success include our recruitment and matching process and the training provided for mentors. Voluntary participation in mentoring schemes is positively related to rewarding experiences20 and is likely to have contributed to sustained engagement. In contrast to other peer mentoring schemes,9,10 our programme avoided matching of mentors and mentees within one organisation, minimising risk of mentor bias (a perception of mentors as agents of the organisation)21 and confidentiality breach.22 Our matching process allowed mentee input, shown to result in greater mentorship quality.23 Formal training for mentors was key, as lack of appropriate training can lead to provision of inappropriate advice or imposition of the mentor's own views on the mentee,24 resulting in conflict and disillusionment.22 These broad principles of voluntary participation, mentee input to matching, effective training and support are transferable concepts that can be applied elsewhere.
However, programmes such as ours are resource-intensive22 and the cost of training, mentor support and performance monitoring has implications for sustainability. There is, however, good evidence that mentoring is a cost-effective tool, improving staff retention rates25 and contributing to the development of clinical governance.26 By improving communication skills, it can positively impact on patient care.17 It also allows mentees to identify difficulties and access appropriate help early, reducing expensive referrals to regulatory bodies.22 These benefits should convince organisations of the value of such programmes.
Although the needs and resources for peer mentoring will vary between regions, specialities and populations, the principles underpinning our model are largely transferrable. Training and materials may be adapted to meet local need and budget and recruitment may be tailored to demand. Matching within subregional areas or by location of home or work may address difficulties of time commitment and logistics, especially in regions covering a large geographical area. There is also potential to improve financial feasibility: using a cohort of trained peer mentors to train future mentors and/or tailoring peer mentoring training to the needs of local mentee populations may result in more focused and cost-efficient training.
Care must be exercised in extrapolating our findings as our sample size is small (our budget supported the participation of only 18 pairs), precluding meaningful statistical analysis of quantitative data. Our questionnaires were not formally validated for evaluation of our objectives, and our control data, in particular, are limited. Furthermore, our findings are based on experiences of a self-selected, motivated group of trainees; however, involvement of a self-selected group is likely to be the case in any voluntary mentoring programme.
Conclusion and future work
We have demonstrated a demand for peer mentoring within paediatrics and shown benefits for both mentees and mentors. We have developed and implemented a successful programme, resulting in acquisition of a transferable skill set by participants with a self-reported impact in changing behaviour. Our programme serves as a useful model that may be adapted to allow education providers to offer this important experience to postgraduate trainees.
Further work is needed to evaluate the longer term impact of participation in such a programme and to examine in more detail the comparison of those individuals who did not have access to peer mentoring. It will also be important to identify the need for and provision of peer mentoring support elsewhere in the UK and to investigate ways in which development of this process may be supported on a wider scale.
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