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How to ensure effective mentoring

Mentoring can be a useful tool for those interested in career progression or simply anyone wanting support.



Stephen Goundrey-Smith explains how pharmacists might benefit from mentoring and gives his recommendations for ensuring mentees and mentors get the most out of a mentoring relationship


Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship of professional development, usually between someone seeking professional progression and a more experienced practitioner. This could also include someone seeking to develop new expertise and a practitioner already active in that area.

Mentoring is different from coaching in that mentoring is concerned with professional development, rather than learning specific skills but many commentators argue that there is considerable crossover between the two.

Mentoring has been shown to have a positive impact on career development in healthcare, helping to improve confidence and interpersonal skills of mentors as well as mentees. It also improves career retention rates and work performance.

Moreover, work among psychiatrists showed that mentoring greatly benefited professionals who worked in multidisciplinary teams or who were isolated from their peers in daily practice.


To read the full article download the attached PDF (890K)

Ask the expert Author Stephen Goundrey-Smith will be available to answer questions online on the topic of this article until 7 March 2011


What are the benefits of mentoring and at what stages of professional life can mentoring be helpful?

What can you do to ensure a successful mentoring relationship and what problems can you look out for?

What resources are available to support mentors and mentees?


Stephen Goundrey-Smith, MSc, MRPharmS, is a self-employed
consultant, SGS PharmaSolutions

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11068888

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