RCSEd Mentor Development Programme

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RCSEd Mentor Development Programme

This practical three-day programme focuses on developing mentoring skills suitable for use in a range of leadership and clinical situations, for example with trainees, staff, colleagues and patients.  More importantly it will equip you with the tools required to become a mentor on the soon to be launched RCSEd Surgical Mentoring Scheme. We hope those who attend the course will agree to join the scheme as mentors for at least two years where they will be matched with mentees for mentorship cycles lasting anywhere between six and twelve months. It is anticipated that mentors would have no more than two mentees at any one time. You can find further details about the RCSEd Surgical Mentoring Scheme on the above TAB.

The programme works through the three stages of Egan’s model, the most widely used framework underpinning mentoring in medicine highlighting the skills that are required for effective practice. Feedback from experienced facilitators during skills practice sessions supports participants to develop mentoring skills. Practical and professional issues arising from coaching and mentoring in the workplace are discussed and participants are encouraged to plan how they will take forward mentoring at work in their leadership and clinical roles.

Please note that if after attending this course, if you agree to sign up as a mentor to the RCSEd Surgical Mentoring Scheme, your full COURSE FEE will be REFUNDED.

Participants will be required to attend all 3 days of the course.

10 May (RCSEd Birmingham Centre)

7th June (ONLINE via Zoom)

5th July (RCSEd Birmingham Centre)


For Consultant Surgeons or SAS Doctors who are RCSEd Fellows and based in the UK.

Course Format

A three-day course, with the first and final days delivered face-to-face, and the second day delivered online. The training days will each be delivered a month apart.

 A mixture of taught inputs, demonstration by tutors, small group skills practice, group discussions, and pairs work. Participants spend a significant proportion of time practising skills. They work in trios with a facilitator, learning from the three roles of mentor, mentee, and observer. Participants bring real issues to discuss in the mentee role, there is no ‘role playing’. Skills practice and reflection is encouraged between taught sessions.

The programme has been arranged so that between course dates participants will undertake appropriate mentoring practice (one or two sessions) and to reflect on this experience with others on the course.

Course Aims

The course aims to lay the foundations for the development of an RCSEd self-sustaining mentoring scheme, which will boost mentees’ confidence, facilitate opportunities, provide tools and resources for challenges; and enrich their professional progression.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define what mentoring is, and understand its benefits
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of a framework for mentoring: The Skilled Helper model (Egan, 2016)
  • Demonstrate the development of mentoring skills
  • Explore ethical issues, as well as practical applications of mentoring at work


All course participants will receive a certificate of completion for CPD and Revalidation (6 CPD points per day; the course relates to GMC Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance and Domain 3: Communication, partnership and teamwork).

Advice will be provided for those who may wish to continue to further mentoring study and possible qualifications, accreditation or membership of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC).


Course Fee:  £150.00 (will be refunded if sign up to join the RCSEd Surgical Mentoring Scheme)

Course Director(s)

Nancy Redfern and Veronique Spiteri

Additional Information

For those who would like to explore this in more detail we recommend Coaching and Mentoring at Work: Developing Effective Practice, Mary Connor and Julia Pokora, (McGraw Hill, 2012).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Education Section?

The Education Section is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  If you wish to contact a member of the team please see contact details below:

Education mailbox:  education@rcsed.ac.uk

Phone number:  0131 527 1600

Will I receive CPD?

All RCSEd educational activity is awarded CPD hours. Please see individual course for specific award.

Will I receive a Certificate?

Yes, RCSEd Certificates of Attendance are awarded for all educational courses and are handed out at the end of the course (however, please note that where an event has a PASS or FAIL this will be posted to you after the event). 

What is RCSEd’s course cancellation policy?
  1. What happens if RCSEd cancels a course I am booked on?
  2. On occasion, RCSEd may need to cancel a course, for example if we are affected by an event out with our control or if it is not financially viable for us to deliver the course. If we do need to cancel, we will let you know as soon as possible and provide you with a full refund of course fees paid.

RCSEd shall incur no further liability (eg. travel or accommodation costs). You may wish to consider taking out appropriate travel insurance for any non-refundable costs you may incur when arranging to attend the course.

  1. What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I am booked?
  2. If you cancel your place more than four weeks before the event date, you will incur an administration fee of 10% (or £50, whichever is greater) of the total course fee. NB: For course fees £250 and under, the cancellation fee is £30)

If you cancel your place less than four weeks before the course date, once the course has started, or you do not notify us, the total course fee will be charged, and no refund will be given.

Please also note that you cannot transfer your place on a Course to someone else.  This is because many of our courses have a waiting list, and we have an obligation to honour this.

  1. Can I cancel a course booking online?
  2. NO, cancellations must be made directly with the education team by email (education@rcsed.ac.uk).
  3. Can I transfer to another date for the same course?
  4. YES, you can transfer to another date by contacting the Education section directly (education@rcsed.ac.uk). Please note that you can transfer only once and transfers can only be made if more than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course, without incurring additional costs.  Should you cancel again, no refund shall be given.

Should you have any further questions, the Education Team can be contacted on 0131 527 1600 or by email to education@rcsed.ac.uk.

How do I book a place on an RCSEd course?

You can book a place for all our courses by visiting the RCSEd website, and selecting the course you wish to book.  Please note that you will need to register with the website in order to book.

For some regional and international courses you will need to book directly with the centre.  Please check individual courses for details.

You can also contact the Education Section by phone to book (0131 527 1600).

What payment methods do RCSEd accept?

Visa and MasterCard are accepted on the RCSEd website and over the phone to the education team.

All course bookings will receive a booking confirmation email:  this email acts as your receipt.

Request an Invoice:  If your course fees will be paid by a third party (eg trust, hospital, charitable fund) and they wish to be invoiced then they must provide us with an official purchase order.  We are unable to process applications without this.

The purchase order should be submitted with the application form and can be emailed to education@rcsed.ac.uk.  Please note that we can only invoice organisations and not individuals.  Please check with your hospital or trust, as some may require you to pay yourself and then claim the money back.

Do I receive a discount if I am a Member of RCSEd?

A 10% discount is applied to all educational courses and events organised directly through RCSEd, for Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates.

Are you able to help me with my VISA application?

YES, RCSEd can provide you with a Visa support letter confirming the course details and fees paid by you.  This is only possible once you have booked your place on a course and RCSEd have received the full course fee.

If a course is fully booked what can I do? Is there a waiting list?

If a course appears full and you wish to be placed on a waiting list then please contact the education team directly by email education@rcsed.ac.uk or phone 0131 527 1600.

Do you provide lunch or refreshments?

YES, for all educational courses, refreshments are served throughout the day and lunch is provided if the duration is one day or more.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The Education Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406

Email: education@rcsed.ac.uk