Buddy scheme for new consultants

We launched a buddy scheme for new consultants in 2014. So far, we have appointed more than 50 mentoring pairs across the country.

The aim of the buddy scheme is to give newly appointed consultants a friendly ear to help them through those tricky first few months in their new role.

As a buddy scheme participant, new consultants can expect to:

  • Receive a minimum of two one-hour sessions in the first six months of their new post, the first preferably face-to-face, although Skype is also encouraged
  • Be matched with a buddy geographically (when available)
  • Get flexible and individually-tailored support from their mentoring buddy on a 1:1 basis.

We encourage new consultants who have recently taking up post to apply. Unfortunately, due to high demand, we sometimes are unable to appoint a mentoring buddy to new consultant, but we always try our best to do so.


Would you like to become a mentoring buddy?

By volunteering to become a mentoring buddy, you would help the newly qualified public health workforce by providing guidance and experience. We always say, wouldn’t you have liked to have a mentoring buddy when you started your first job?

The scheme is informal and requires no previous mentoring experience. We are always looking to recruit new mentoring buddies to cover all of the FPH regional areas. If this interest you, get in touch!