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Induction and mentoring

53. Understanding the systems in place and how an organisation operates helps to make sure that doctors can deliver safe, effective and efficient care to patients as soon as they start a new job. Induction and mentoring schemes and access to other support mechanisms are important ways of achieving this. While important for all doctors, this may be particularly important for doctors if they are new to clinical practice, have trained outside the UK12 or are taking on a role in a new area or at a higher level.

Induction

All doctors

54. You must take part in the induction offered by your employer when you join an organisation or move into a new role. You should also contribute to the induction of colleagues when asked.

Doctors with extra responsibilities

55. You must make sure that any new doctor or other healthcare professional you manage is offered relevant induction and that induction policies and procedures contain information that is relevant, accessible and proportionate to the doctor’s role and length of employment within your organisation.

Mentoring

All doctors

56. You should be willing to take part in a mentoring scheme offered by your employer.

Doctors with extra responsibilities

57. You should be willing to take on a mentoring role for more junior doctors and other healthcare professionals.

58. If you have agreed to act as a mentor, you must make sure that you are competent to take on the role and that you can fulfil your responsibilities, including undertaking appropriate training and keeping your skills up to date. You must be clear about the aims and purpose of the mentoring, the scope of your role as a mentor and your availability to provide advice and support when needed.

59. You must make sure that staff who are new to an organisation or are moving into a new role have access to an appropriate mentoring arrangement,13 where relevant, depending on the nature of their clinical practice and their responsibilities.