Mentors in the SAPC mentorship programme are recruited from SAPC members who are senior primary health care academics, GPs and professional leaders with a range of experience nationally and internationally.  Many of the mentors have a non-medical background. They will bring essential and unique sector knowledge and understanding of the leadership challenges which face non-medical primary health care scientists. 

Criteria for Mentors

We welcome applications from potential mentors who meet the following criteria:

  • Recognised leadership in the field of health and research which demonstrates sustained success
  • A professional portfolio which demonstrates a significant track record in competitive grant capture, scientific publication, and capacity building in health research
  • Experience of inter-disciplinary working and an appreciation of the different ways of working within different professions
  • Currently working in a position where they are active in leading and developing research capacity in Primary Care

Qualities of mentors

We are keen to recruit mentors who meet the above criteria and who are:

  • Enthusiastic about developing the potential of others
  • Reflective and self-aware
  • Approachable
  • Facilitative and empowering
  • Non-judgemental and non-directive 
  • Empathetic
  • Encouraging
  • Good listeners
  • Inspirational role models
  • Willing and able to give time

and who can:

  • Challenge assumptions
  • Stimulate creative thinking
  • Act as sponsors and network guides

Mentors will not

  • need to do anything outside mentoring meetings
  • necessarily be mentoring those in their own discipline

Successful applicants will gain

  • Opportunity to play an active role in the development of the future generation of  academic leaders in primary care
  • Mentorship training tailored to meet the needs of participants[3]
  • Travel expenses
  • Informal update meetings with other mentors

Successful applicants will need to

  • Be a member of SAPC
  • Write a short biography of 300 words to be put on the SAPC website
  • Draw on their own experience and general knowledge of the field of primary care to support their mentees

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete the short application form and return it with your CV to

To find out more contact  Dr Caroline Mitchell

View our current list of mentors.