Introduction to mentoring

This web page from Primary Health Care Research & Information Service focuses on mentoring by outlining key aspects about mentoring matters. The page begins by providing a definition of mentoring and then continues by covering such topics as: What does a mentor do; features of a good mentoring relationship; and the benefits of mentoring.


"Mentoring involves multiple roles depending on the needs of the mentee (the person being mentored). It includes some or all of the following:

  • a mutual relationship where participants share experiences, knowledge and information
  • a developmental process where the mentee grows in skills, knowledge and confidence
  • a strategy to share intellectual and other resources
  • informal or formal support by a more experienced and skilled person
  • guided learning by the mentor
  • traditionally a one-to-one relationship but group mentoring may be a beneficial option."


  • What is mentoring?
  • Who needs mentoring?
  • What does a mentor do?
  • What does a mentee do?
  • Features of a good mentoring relationship
  • How is it different from supervision?
  • Finding a mentor?
  • Benefits of mentoring


Primary Health Care Research & Information Service, (2014)Introduction to... Mentoring. Retrieved from

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