Is a mentoring scheme what we need?
Our working hypothesis is IMG’s in this transition period which can be stressful as well as challenging as new demands are made upon individuals are in need of guidance and support in order to develop confidence and competence.
We sent an online questionnaire to all International Medical Graduates employed to ABUHB in 2017 to identify difficulties they faced when starting work in . We identified consultants interested in mentorship and arranged for them to undergo training in this.
The response rate to our questionnaire was 100%. We identified difficulties with training, knowledge, language barriers, communication skills, social isolation and cultural assimilation. Strengths within ABUHB included good peer support and supportive
We identified that IMG’s working with ABUHB faced considerable difficulties. We have now begun creating a mentorship scheme to provide further support for them. This needs to be embedded and further evaluated.