Mary Seacole Awards – Search for Mentors

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Please note this is not a UNISON employed post. Health Education England funds the Mary Seacole Awards for nurses, midwives and health visitors in England.
Starting salary
Closing date
31 July 2018
9 days per year approx
Contract type
Part time
Contract length
Voluntary role

About this job

The focus of the award is on undertaking a specific health care project, or other educational/development activity, that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic communities.

The work undertaken for an award is expected to contribute to NHS England’s joint work around equality and diversity and health inequalities.

The awards were first set up in 2004 by the Department for Health and were named after Mary Seacole in recognition of the work she did during the Crimean war. By 2017 a total of 41 Development and 23 Leadership awards had been completed and the alumni continue to provide evidence that the awards enhance career opportunities for professionals from BME communities at a time when they are under-represented in leadership and management positions.

This year there are five projects being taken forward with support and direction from members of the Mary Seacole Awards Steering Group (MSASG). The Steering Group is currently looking to appoint five additional mentors who can aid Awardees starting from September 2018 with taking their projects forward to the highest standard. This is a voluntary role working alongside the Steering Group who also offer their time voluntarily. The awards are given annually in recognition of Mary Seacole’s leadership and outstanding contribution to nursing. The Steering Group is comprised of one representative from each of the following:

  • Health Education England
  • NHS Employers
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Unite CPHVA
  • Previous Mary Seacole Award winner
  • Independent member
  • Educationalist

This is an interesting and highly rewarding role, supporting the prestigious Mary Seacole Awards in promoting better health outcomes for the UKs BME communities.

In the words of Suzanne Faure “Mentoring is a supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to benefit from this exchange, to enrich their professional journey”. We would like you to be that inspiring individual!

There are currently two types of mentor, professional and academic mentors:

  • The professional mentor. Helps the mentee to develop their partnership/leadership skills, and realise their vision, creates learning opportunities to support them where they are;
  • The academic mentor – helps the mentee to improve their performance, to maximise on learning opportunities, to produce a final report to the required standard (development or Leadership), and develops their leadership qualities.

The Appointee will be expected to

  • Have an interest and desire to address health inequalities in BME populations
  • Be the named supervisor for at least one award winner each year
  • Have the capacity to dedicate sufficient time and energy to the work [approximately 9 days per year to include attendance at mentor meetings, supporting Awardees with professional development, and commenting on Awardees work throughout the year]
  • Have some health service research and academic experience
  • Report to the MSASG on the award winners progress
  • Promote the Mary Seacole Awards within their networks This is an unremunerated post. The Appointee will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses according to the current Steering Group financial policies and procedures to attend meetings and claim for other essential consumables. Mary Seacole Awards’ mentors cannot apply for a Mary Seacole Award either during or after their term of office. It is recommended that previous Awardees do not apply to become mentors within 12 months of completing their Award.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a brief outline of their mentoring experience. The MSASG will shortlist candidates by taking into account the skills, attributes, knowledge and potential contribution of each candidate. The appointment will be for three years in the first instance, renewable for one further term by mutual agreement with the Chair of the MSASG.

A role descriptor and the Mary Seacole Steering Group Terms of Reference can be downloaded at

Applications, or further enquiries, should be made by 31st July 2018 to Please quote MSASG in the email title. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview w/c 17/18 September 2018.



Please note this is not a UNISON employed post.