Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists

Mentorship and Sponsoring a Resident

Mentorship and Sponsoring a Resident

Mentorship - a relationship in which a more experienced or knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger but will have more expertise in  a certain area. Mentoring is a learning and development partnership and process that involves communication and knowledge transmission.

The NSCP refers to the mentor as a SPONSOR and the one being mentored as the RESIDENT. The role of the Sponsor is to help the resident become a professional, safe and effective , physiotherapy service provider.

The role of the Sponsor is to help the Resident identify areas of less experience in their clinical experience and to help put in place a practice plan that will help strengthen their basic practice and communication skills as a professional physiotherapist. The time for additional training and courses will come later, once they are competent and comfortable with the basic skills. This consolidation of basic knowledge and skills is crucial for a smooth transition and entry into the profession.

We require 1:1 direct, supervision for a minimum of the first two weeks. For further details  refer to the Sponsor Guidelines and the Sponsor Agreement.