A framework for mentor support in community-based placements
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A framework for mentor support in community-based placements

Helen McVeigh Senior lecturer, De Montfort University, Leicester
Karen Ford Senior lecturer, De Montfort University, Leicester
Alison O’Donnell Practice education facilitators, NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, Leicester
Clive Rushby Practice education facilitators, NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, Leicester
Jenny Squance Practice education facilitator, NHS Leicester City, Leicester

This article explores the development and provision of a framework for supporting mentors working in community settings. A working group was set up to explore the provision of mentor support in community placements in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which was restructured to meet the demands of Nursing and Midwifery Council standards and to demonstrate a commitment to supporting mentors. This was done by providing regular mentoring update sessions, a regular newsletter, visiting lecturer contact and practice-held mentor resource packs. Evaluation of the update sessions was generally positive; the main criticism was the lack of pre-course information, which has since been addressed.

Nursing Standard. 23, 45,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.07.23.45.35.c7113

Correspondence

HMcVeigh@dmu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review