Mentoring is the support and guidance of one individual to another to help with professional development and career goals with the opportunity to develop leadership capacity at all levels. Developing these staff leadership abilities will lead to enhanced innovation and integration of services within organisations; this will benefit patients, service users and the local population. Mentoring is available to a diverse range of employees with cross-organisational, cross-professional and peer mentoring relationships encouraged. The emphasis is on the needs of the individual with mentoring encouraging autonomy and self-development while helping to identify opportunities for future development. These collective improvements in an individual’s performance can lead to increased job satisfaction, while they also help to support the link between an individual’s role and their impact on patient care, benefiting the organisation and the NHS as a whole.
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