Mentorship programme


The aim of the SAPC-Mentorship Programme is to support both medical and primary health care scientists  (ie non-medical colleagues)  working in departments of Primary Care, who, because of their heterogeneous core disciplines have no other single support scheme.  The mentorship scheme is designed to have a positive impact on career aspirations and development for such professionals and enhance their research productivity and leadership[1].  In order to build a clear pathway, and community of mentorship practice, it is essential that the scheme is led and delivered by the most experienced researchers and clinical leaders from similar backgrounds[2].

The Mentorship Scheme is funded by SAPC and is currently administered jointly by the PhoCuS  group and the SAPC Secretariat. The scheme is based on one delivered under the NIHR Clinical Academic Training (CAT) for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Scientist (HCS) Programmes and delivered by experts from the  University of Hertfordshire. In the first year we trained eight mentors and supported sixteen mentees and the scheme has grown from there. The first training day for mentors was held on 18th February 2013 and the second on 1st April 2014.

Aims and content

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide high quality mentorship to support the next generation of academic leaders, in particular to:

  • help mentees move beyond being a serial researcher to a more senior post taking forward their own research ideas
  • help them to identify possible career pathways
  • support them in identifying barriers to their career progression and identifying ways they might overcome those barriers

The Programme offers:

  • Face to face mentorship training
  • One to one mentoring support for members of SAPC and affiliated to a department of Academic Primary Care or equivalent that is recognised by SAPC. We anticipate that each mentee would have up to four contacts (virtual or face to face) with their mentor each year, lasting an hour or two.

Joining the programme

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to join the programme as either a mentor or a mentee.

Becoming a mentor  New mentor form

Becoming a mentee New mentee form

View our mentors

How mentoring can support your career

Academic careers have many challenges as well as rewarding opportunities.  Mentoring schemes can help overcome people overcome the barriers and progress their careers. Christine Bond gave a talk in May 2015 at Brighton School of Medicines as part of an interactive career development session.  The powerpoint presentation gives some further insights.  

Feedback from our mentees

Some of our mentees have provided feedback about the scheme which we hope will encourage you to seek mentoring through SAPC.


[1] Sambunjak, D, Strauss, SE and Marusjk, A (2006) Mentoring in Academic Medicine: A Systematic Review. JAMA, 2,96,9:1103-15

[2] Passmore, J (2007) Coaching and Mentoring: The role of experience and sector knowledge. Internat. J. Evidence-based Coaching Mentoring, Summer, 10 -16.