Table 4

Summary of descriptors from trainee feedback

DescriptorsPhrases
Positive
Useful‘reassuring to know that someone helpful and supportive is available’
Reassuring
Enlightening
Immensely positive"helped me streamline my focus and made me aware of personal weaknesses"
Supportive
Excellent
Rewarding"structured my career goals into attainable chunks"
Helpful
Transformative"made me more proactive"
Confidence boosting
Negative
Basic"I did not receive the response from the mentor I requested"
Not helpful‘limited use due to limited time’