Equality, diversity and inclusion - reciprocal mentoring programme

Our programme aims to improve inclusion. We engage paediatricians who currently face barriers, challenges or disadvantages in the professional setting and ensure their views are heard at the highest level of the College.

What is reciprocal mentoring?

Reciprocal mentoring is a development that learns from the models of traditional mentoring and reverse mentoring but is not the same. 

In the reciprocal mentoring approach:

  • Mentoring pairs are equal partners in the process of learning from each other, rather than one side of the partnership holding the power found in other models of mentoring.
  • Reciprocal mentoring is about understanding the lived experiences of each other, creating trust and working as ‘partners in progress’.
  • The ‘partners in progress’ support each other through shared understanding and take action to champion change, influence others and inform decision making throughout the college.

The mentoring partners

College Officer Member
Dr Jonathan Darling, Vice President, education and professional development Dr Neelakshi Ghosh, Paediatric Oncology GRID Trainee ST6
Professor Stephen Turner, Registrar Dr Melanie Ranaweera, PEM GRID ST7
Dr Christine Pierce, Officer for training and quality Dr Rashmi D'Souza, Paediatric trainee ST3
Dr Simon Broughton, Officer for recruitment Dr Oziegbe Eborieime, Paediatric specialty trainee 
Dr Emma Dyer, Trainees committee chair Alexandra Colebrook, Medical student
Dr Vasanta Nanduri, Officer for examination Dr Lydia Baffour-Awuah, Paediatric trainee ST4
Dr Venkat Reddy, Officer for digital health and technology

Dr Rosie Lebrecht, Paediatric trainee ST3

Dr Jan Dudley, Officer for clinical standards and quality improvement Dr Ellen Storm, SAS Doctor
Dr Mike McKean, Vice president for health policy Dr Nonye Ezeh, Paediatric trainee ST3
Dr Raj Krishnan, Officer for clinical standards and quality improvement Dr Angela Cain, Paediatric trainee

 Meet some of the partners!

Picture of one of the reciprocal mentoring participants, Nonye Ezeh
Dr Nonye Ezeh, Specialty Paediatric Trainee

I have chosen to take part in the reciprocal mentoring as a way of gaining cross-generational insight into the diverse perspectives of the RCPCH thus allowing for knowledge sharing between the mentor and mentee, skills enhancement and improved communication. Furthermore, I love the networking opportunity the reciprocal mentoring provides and its ability to promote inclusivity and a deeper understanding of participants’ strengths and challenges. I hope this programme will give me the opportunity to improve my leadership skills while enhancing my collaboration with the wider team.

Emma Dyer
Dr Emma Dyer, Trainees Committee Chair

As the chair of the Trainee’s Committee, I sit on the RCPCH Executive Committee, and it is fantastic to be able to bring a trainee perspective to the running of the college, current workstreams and evolving issues within child health. I was keen to take part in the reciprocal mentoring scheme to gain understanding into how the college can better serve and reach members from all different backgrounds and circumstances and to be able to feed this into my role at the RCPCH. I also hoped to be able to give some insights into leadership and voluntary roles within the college as well as more about how the wider college works, to my mentoring partner.

Picture of one of the reciprocal mentoring participants, Professor Stephen Turner
Professor Stephen Turner, 

I took part in reciprocal mentoring last year and am delighted to be able to do so again this year.  I look forward to seeing life as a member through different eyes to mine, and to understand someone else’s journey through medical and paediatric training to this point in time.

Picture of one of the reciprocal mentoring participants, Dr Neelakshi Ghosh
Dr Neelakshi Ghosh, Paediatric
Oncology GRID trainee ST6

I volunteered for the reciprocal mentoring program with the hope to share my ideas and experiences of being a member of our diverse paediatric workforce and understand how the college values of building a more inclusive workforce is put into action. 
Listening to each other and sharing individual stories will help break down barriers and build stronger teams. Together, we would be able to challenge inequalities in all aspects of healthcare, provide better service to the children and young people we look after and celebrate this diversity. 

Dr Mike McKean
Dr Mike McKean, Vice President 
for policy

I have been fortunate to work as a consultant paediatrician for over 20 years and have found one of the most rewarding activities is mentoring. I think listening and sharing thoughts and ideas is immensely rewarding and often helpful for both mentor and mentee; it really is a two-way process that encourages growth and expands ones knowledge, capacity and abilities. I believe mentorship towards leadership is crucial for the future of our profession and hope I can continue to contribute a little myself.