In 2021 we launched a mentoring programme with the aims of supporting the professional development of health services researchers and strengthening the HSR community by building links between our members.
We successfully matched 10 early-mid career mentees with a mentor from a different HSR UK member organisation, and held an event for everyone to come together in May. Since then, pairs have been continuing to meet, and mentees have made progress towards the goals they identified at the start of the programme.
I am pleased with my development and progress under [my mentor's] mentorship ... I achieved most of the objectives we had agreed on at the outset, including being more proactive in engaging my line manager and other senior colleagues and more confident in making presentations at research team meetings and one international conference, and co-authoring four research papers
Thank you again for the opportunity to be involved in this programme, I have found it very valuable and enjoyed it immensely.
We will shortly be opening applications for a second round of the programme. If you are based in one of our member organisations and would like to be matched with a mentor, or if you are interested in being a mentor, please get in touch with us to find out more.