Role of the mentor
The role and responsibility of the mentor is:
- to offer advice and support to applicants seeking NADP accreditation. It is envisaged that this will take place using email contacts. Mentors will make the initial ‘welcome’ contact to their allocated applicants.
- to comment on one draft only of the applicant’s accreditation submission for each part of the process if invited to by the applicant; comments and feedback should focus the content rather than the presentation of the submission concerned.
- to be familiar with the submission guidance provided by NADP and to ensure that the applicant has followed it.
- to be familiar with the assessment marking criteria and ensure that the applicant refers to It.
- to offer advice and be involved in situations where an applicant’s submission is referred for further work.
Mentors are usually:
- accredited members of NADP.
- have graduate status (or equivalent)
- at the same or at a more advanced stage of their career as the applicant.
- employed in an institution other than that in which the applicant works.
Note: there will be few members eligible for the role at the introduction of the Accreditation Scheme. To fill the gap, external mentors will be appointed who will be supported by members of the Accreditation Panel until the Scheme has become more established and the pool from which mentors can be drawn grows.
Support for mentors
After an initial period during which the accreditation process is embedded in NADP policies, practices and procedures, it is envisaged that there will be a network of mentors who can keep in contact with each other through a variety of strategies. This will be mainly electronically, although occasional face-to-face meetings might be helpful.
In addition, after the accreditation procedure has operated successfully and effectively for a period, it will be possible to identify more clearly the training needs of mentors.