Introducing a peer mentoring scheme in Radiography education: The experiences of final year students

Newcombe, Rachel and Cammack, Paul (2020) Introducing a peer mentoring scheme in Radiography education: The experiences of final year students. In: UK Imaging and Oncology Congress, 1st - 3rd June 2020, ACC Liverpool. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Background: The role of a newly qualified Radiographer has altered dramatically recently and graduates are working heavily with students from their first day as employees. This is happening before any formal mentor training is delivered. If a mentor does not have the appropriate skills to mentor, a barrier to successful mentorship exists (Straus, Chatur and Taylor, 2009). With this in mind, a peer mentoring scheme was developed whereby third year students mentored first year students from the Diagnostic Radiography programme.
Methods: With institutional ethical approval, peer mentorship interactions were observed and two focus groups and one semi-structured interview were undertaken with the third year students to explore their experience of peer mentorship. Recorded data were transcribed verbatim and the process of thematic analysis allowed the generation and exploration of themes (O’Leary, 2017).
Results: Data analysis revealed 3 key shared experiences of acting as a peer mentor; immediate benefits, benefits for future clinical role and challenges associated with acting as a mentor. Participants all agreed that acting as a peer mentor had been a beneficial experience which had aided their confidence with their current stage of study and they felt they had gained new, employable skills.
Conclusion: Although the peer mentoring scheme was not without challenges, the opportunity for a final year student to experience being a peer mentor was overall beneficial to them and had a place within the Diagnostic Radiography curriculum. The research highlighted areas where the scheme can be improved which in turn should reduce the challenges future cohorts face.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Newcombe
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 10:51
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 11:05

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