White, Stephen and Ousey, Karen (2011) Effectively using an online multidisciplinary tool to update healthcare mentors: a comparative evaluative study. International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, 3 (3/4). pp. 39-46. ISSN 1942-2660

This paper presents data comparing two evaluation studies following the implementation of a multiprofessional online mentor update tool designed to meet the learning needs of mentors in clinical healthcare practice. The data presented highlights that there was a positive response from clinicians using the tool during the first evaluation of 643 respondents and that this has remained positive following an increase in use to 1439. The huge resources needed to sustain traditional delivery of the updates, plus the inability of mentors to attend these events, were amongst the main drivers for the development of this tool. Results of the evaluation have identified that the flexibility of the online tool promotes engagement for both mentors and their line managers, and in doing so provides academic staff to alternatively utilize the time saved delivering it. The multiprofessional originality and uniqueness of the package has also promoted users to consider the mentor role from an inter-disciplinary perspective. With the Nursing and Midwifery Council praising the package as an example of innovative good practice, it is intended to promote its use in other regions that provide healthcare education.

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