Evidence-based research and papers

How can a mentor help you?

Over 200 RPS members have already found mentors via our platform. Having someone to give you some additional support and ideas could be invaluable.

Our guiding principles

RPS has partnered with academic institutions and experts in their field to design a framework for reflecting on principles of mentoring schemes, both for organisations and for interactions between mentors and mentees. 

A series of papers has been published from this work and the future developments and RPS’s mentoring program implementation will be guided in the principles found in these articles, so we can keep improving the support we offer to our members across GB and internationally.

Design fundamentals of mentoring programs for pharmacy professionals (Part 1): Considerations for organisations

Abstract: Mentoring programs have been offered by organisations within and outside of healthcare for years. This commentary examines the literature under the prism of design fundamentals for these programs, drawing particular considerations for schemes aimed at pharmacy professionals. 

The central argument presented is that mentoring can be used as a vehicle to support pharmacists to learn from others and each other, to reinforce and own their professional identity so that the uniqueness of the pharmacy profession is established within a global health landscape of constant change. 

In this Part 1 of a series of papers, a wealth of literature, theories, and evidence are presented aiming to inform the general structure and logistical considerations for both in-person and distance mentoring programs.

Design fundamentals of mentoring programs for pharmacy professionals (Part 2): Considerations for mentors and mentees

Abstract: Developing a mentoring program is multifactorial, and organisations developing such programs must be reflective in considering their own organisational culture to determine the goals and outcomes assessment of a mentoring program that aligns with the organisation's mission and values. 

Part 1 of this series of papers on devising mentoring programs for pharmacy professionals paid mind to their structure, logistical concerns, and basic design consideration. Designing a program, though, cannot be successful without consideration of the people involved, and the very human process that is mentoring and being mentored. 

This Part 2 paper takes into account the human needs of mentors and mentees, both independently and as pairs or groups involved in a potentially intimate and caring relationship that lasts anywhere from several months, to potentially a lifetime should the relationship be successful. 

As such, this commentary pays careful attention to the evolving roles each person plays and what this means to administrators overseeing or assessing the results and implications from such a program so as to strive for maximum organizational effectiveness for employing institutions and self-actualization for persons involved in the program.

The work was led by:

  • Dr Efi Mantzourani MFCI MRPharmS MSc PhD FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Cardiff University
  • Professor Shane P. Desselle, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, Touro University California College of Pharmacy