Thursday 5 December 2013

Online mutual mentorship for GPs - the how

Draft working document. Please suggest revisions in comments

Let us extrapolate a formula from Balint groups

Size - 10-20 members

6-12 members are recommended for Balint groups, but an asynchronous group probably needs to be larger to reduce lag times waiting for responseses.


The group will need 1-2 leaders ("owners") for administrative purposes. It could be argued that every group member should be an owner, giving everyone the ability to perform admininstrative functions, up to and including deleting the whole group.
Will discussions need chairing?

Confidentiality and privacy



- in clinical contact with patients
- invited by another member
- trusted
- reflective
- humble (so as not to assume their way of practising is best)


Launer advises "ask only questions"


The Balint Society (2003). Essential and desirable characteristics of a Balint Group. Compiled by Paul Sackin.
Launer J (2013). Workshop at Birmingham and Solihull GP trainers' conference 29 November 2013

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