#OTalk – Tuesday 21 June 2022 – BME OT Mentorship: What we know

This #OTalk is being facilitated by Dr Anita Atwal

One of the NHS People Plan’s aims is to create an environment where people from diverse backgrounds can work in an environment that is compassionate and inclusive. This is a core aim because data from the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard data has clearly shown that BAME staff are poorly represented at senior levels, have measurably worse day to day experiences of life in NHS organisations, and have more obstacles to progressing in their careers. 

We need to explore in more depth issues facing BAME OTs and mechanisms to support career progression and Mentorship is suggested as a mechanism to facilitate personal and professional goals in a safe space. However, building trust may become more challenging when mentoring persons who are from a minority heritage. Mentoring is a tool that is frequently used to support career success, However, there is no consensus on what good mentoring should look like

As far as we are aware, no studies have examined the mentoring process, on outcomes such as career success for BAME Occupational Therapists or Allied Health Professionals. There is limited but emerging evidence that for mentors and mentees, the mentoring relationship is less successful when their beliefs, values, or interests were dissimilar or when the mentor and mentee match was imposed by an outside agency as opposed to resulting from an organic relationship.

The focus of this OTalk is to explore diversity in mentoring using the following questions:

  1. Why did you have mentoring?
  2. How were you and your mentor matched?
  3. Did you achieve the outcome you wanted?
  4. Is it important that the mentor and mentee are of the same race?
  5. Is it important that the mentor and mentee are of the same gender?
  6. Have you ever spoken about cultural and racial nuances?


Host:  Dr Anita Atwal

Support on OTalk Account: @colourfulot

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in this chat you can download the below transcript as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.

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