It’s National Mentoring Day - A mentoring success story

Date: 27 October 2020

Mentoring

One of the key commitments of the Strategic Alliance between BEH and C&I is ensuring that all staff have equal opportunity to progress and enjoy their careers. Last year we set up a mentoring programme across both Trusts and we are pleased to share a success story.

A brand-new job was the happy result of the mentoring partnership between Jayshree Pindoriya and Pheonie Cunningham. 

Barnet Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Assistant Director of Information and Performance, Jayshree, agreed to mentor Pheonie, a team administrator in the Adolescent Outreach Team with Haringey Child and Adult Mental Health Services, so they could explore what opportunities there might be for Pheonie, career-wise.

After five mentoring sessions, Pheonie has just landed a new role in Project Support with the Safecare-Live Project at BEH, allowing her to use the data analysis skills which she and Jayshree discussed at their mentoring sessions.

Pheonie explained: “I wanted to be mentored to see what opportunities were out there, as I believe strongly in personal development. I’d worked for the NHS since 2004 in admin roles but was at the top of my band, so knew I needed to move on to progress my career. Mentoring helped give me the push I needed to do so.

“Mentoring has been so informative because Jayshree explained what the priorities were for managers and how they use data analysis, which is my area of interest, to manage population health and make sure the right services are in the right place at the right time. I wanted to see how things functioned at a senior level and how decisions are made and Jayshree could not have been more helpful.”

Pheonie added: “Mentoring helped me to gain the added confidence I needed for my career change. From the very first session, there seemed to be an unspoken agreement between us for me to succeed, with Jayshree giving me constant insight into the practical aspects of such a role.

“Whatever information or knowledge I gained from Jayshree I used afterwards to visualise and practise myself into the role, doing the necessary research and sharing this with Jayshree. We worked together to get the best outcome from mentoring, and I would highly recommend it to anyone else.”

Jayshree said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for Pheonie. It was clear how engaged she was at every one of our sessions. She was so motivated and keen to learn and asked me really hard questions!

“I decided to mentor as I really want other people at BEH in admin or nursing to develop their careers if they feel like switching field. Pheonie’s story is a really good example of how mentoring can work quite quickly and in a hugely positive way.”

The mentoring project works across Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Trust. If you are a BEH member of staff are interested in mentoring or being mentored, please email: beh-tr.equalities@nhs.net

 

  • Summary:

    One of the key commitments of the Strategic Alliance between BEH and C&I is ensuring that all staff have equal opportunity to progress and enjoy their careers. Last year we set up a mentoring programme across both Trusts and we are pleased to share a success story.