Mentoring in a bilingual setting
Mentors play a unique role in supporting students and helping them to learn in the clinical environment.
The main purpose of mentoring is to assist with the students’ learning and development and to help them integrate into the health care setting. Since the introduction of the Welsh Language Act (1993) and more recently the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, bilingualism is a growing reality in clinical settings across Wales as health care establishments respond to the increasing demand for services through the medium of Welsh as well as English. In light of such demands, there are greater requirements for health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise bilingually.This has prompted exciting new initiatives in order to develop and extend bilingual provision within health care education programmes and promote language sensitivity in practice.
This website has been developed in order to support mentoring in a bilingual setting.
The website includes:
- Guidance and resources for mentors to support students in the bilingual setting.
- Outline the need to develop language appropriate practice in health care.
- Identify ways of developing language sensitivity in practice.
- Explore opportunities to develop Welsh language skills for practice.