Coaching and Mentoring


A coach uses the skills of questioning, listening, observation and feedback in conversations aimed to help develop rich insight and learning for the client. Coaching can be used in many situations to help development, release potential and move forward with training.  Some examples where coaching can be beneficial:

  • How can I manage my time better to achieve all I want in life?
  • How can I reduce the stress in my job or my life?
  • How can I achieve a better balance between work life and home life?
  • What skills do I need to grow and develop further?
  • How can I improve my relationship with a specific colleague?
  • How can I progress in this project?
  • How can I manage my time better?

Who can use the coaching service?

This service is available to medical and dental trainees

How do I access coaching?

At present the service is only available by direct referral through our Associate Dean for Careers and Professionals Support. 

How many coaching session can I access?

The number of sessions required is very individual to the client. The scheme will offer up to 4 sessions.  If required this can be negotiated on an individual basis with the Associate Dean for Careers and Professionals Support.


Peer Mentoring

At NIMDTA we recognise the value of mentoring as a way to support, develop and release the potential of our trainees.

Through informal mentoring relationships with senior trainees you have the opportunity to access support and guidance to help you as you progress in you medical career.

What do mentors do?

A mentor will meet with you informally and confidentially to work with you to help you discover a better understanding and awareness of the area you want to work on.  Helping you to develop your own solutions and facilitate you in goal setting and planning. They will also support you in establishing your way through transition periods.

What are some potential benefits?

  • Improved self-confidence and self esteem
  • Increased motivation
  • Broadened horizons and experience
  • Raised achievements and aspirations
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Networking opportunities

How do I get a mentor?

If you are a foundation doctor currently training in NI or a trainee new to training in Northern Ireland and you would like a mentor simply complete the application by accessing the link below and forward the completed form to

We are currently working in partnership with the specialty schools to develop specialty specific mentoring, watch this space for further news.

How do I become a mentor?

If you are a trainee currently ST3 or above you can apply to be a mentor by accessing the link below and forwarding the complete form to

We are now actively recruiting for peer mentors across all specialities, our next training dates are listed below, just click on the relevant blue link to book.  Please remember to also complete and submit the application form located at the link above.

Your educational supervisors support will be required to complete the application process and you will be required to attend a training day in order to become a mentor. The training dates will run on a rolling calendar across the year, please contact the PSU for more details on upcoming training events

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