Within the work of the group, we have a mentoring service, based on the ‘Better government for older people’ model, providing one to one support for patients who are at a crossroads in their life but who are willing and able to move on, e.g. depression, new to the area, rehabilitation, bereavement, carers, post op and also anyone the GP thinks could benefit from more time on the social and well-being side rather than medical.

The service is run by the co-ordinator who assesses the needs of the patient and assigns a mentor to work with them over a 12 week period, setting goals finding out all available information about the local area, what is available to support the patient and work alongside them, to encourage this involvement in order that they can re-join their community, hand holding through the challenges being faced.

Who can be a mentor?

The mentors come from a variety of backgrounds. Qualities include:

  • Compassion
  • Wisdom from life experience
  • Patience
  • Equality and inclusivity
  • Non judgmental
  • Listening skills

D B S checks and references will be undertaken. Training on confidentiality, record keeps, boundaries, ability to know one’s own limits and an understanding of basic hygiene and nutrition.

In order to extend this service we need to increase the number of mentors across the 200 square miles covered by the Blackdown GP practice, provide training and ongoing support.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact the office on 01823 681036