We believe that one of the best ways to learn something is from others who have already learned it, and that every experience teaches us something that can be meaningful, both to us and to others.
At Neurology Academy, we are privileged to have hundreds of brilliant alumni, many of whom choose to become speakers or faculty members, and all of whom have valuable experiences to share.
Our mentorship programme aims to match delegates who are earlier in their neurology career with those who have experience in similar roles, circumstances, or in responding to similar challenges. Those who are mentored can then share their learning via their project write-ups, and even by becoming a speaker or mentor themselves, in time.
'My mentor inspired and encouraged me, held me accountable, and helped me to manage my own expectations. Ultimately, she gave me the confidence to do what I wanted to do.'
Ruth Stross, head of nursing at Neurology Academy & previous MasterClass delegate!
Be a mentor
If you are involved with Neurology Academy as faculty or a speaker, you are already sharing your expertise and experiences through teaching with us, and we're so grateful to you.
Have you considered doing this on a one-to-one basis?
Mentorship is a bit like standing further down a path and calling back to someone, 'Watch your step there, it's a bit slippy!' - whilst sporting a muddy patch on your trousers.
Whether you have resolved an issue with patients falling through gaps in care, effectively penned a business plan, or found a way around the red-tape to get someone access to a much-needed service, someone else is facing the same challenge. They could really benefit from your knowledge, support and encouragement in their role.
What is the commitment?
Completing a short checkbox list to highlight your areas of experience on confirming your interest to be a mentor
Being open with and supportive to a peer for a six month period
Around 3 half-hour video calls over that time - or something similar as agreed with your mentee if you prefer.
We'll match you with someone who is seeking a mentor and has career objectives or service challenges that fit with your experiences. You can take it from there - but we're right here if you need anything.
If you would like to talk to someone here at the Academy to find out more about becoming a mentor or want to register your interest to be a mentor, please email our head of nursing Ruth Stross who is overseeing our mentorship programme.
Be paired with a mentor
If you are carrying out a project, you might have already identified some challenges you're facing, or some areas of support you would welcome. To pair you with a mentor, we will ask you some questions. These will be around your experience, the area of interest or challenge you are seeking support with, and up to three key objectives you have for your six month mentorship period.
How do I sign up?
To sign up for a mentor, you need to go to your login area and click on the course you're attending. Follow the three steps below:
Click on ‘intermodule project and mentorship' in the 'Available resources' box
Scroll down to 'Mentorship' and click on 'register for mentorship'.
Fill out the handful of questions to help us match you well, and we'll do the rest.
Once you've been matched with a mentor, together you can choose how you’re going to communicate and when, what type of support you’re looking for and how you're going to work together.
In the meantime, we hope you'll take a look through some of the past projects that resonate with your chosen work, and take note of any potential learning there too.