RSPH Level 3 and 4 Diploma Courses

 in Anatomical Pathology Technology

The Role of Mentors

Guidance for Candidates and Mentors

This guidance has been developed to support work placed mentors with the aim of introducing you to the course requirements for both mentor and candidate, good training practices and also pointing you in the right direction for further information and support.

We at the North Tees Centre believe mentoring is a key component in the learning process and having a work base mentor will help candidates learn more efficiently and improve their performance. It is also beneficial to have a mentor who is familiar in the preparation of evidence for the RSPH Diploma portfolio in Anatomical Pathology Technology as well as being able to facilitate a supportive learning environment for training of the candidate. 

Producing the evidence required to build a portfolio to meet the learning outcomes for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 3 and 4 Diploma requires planning and careful consideration of the varied types of objective evidence available in the work place. 


Before application, candidates should consider the learning outcomes required for each of the 5 work-based units (see CAS forms in individual portfolios or specific units on this web site) and discuss with their mentor on how they can gather evidence for each of the 5 units:



RSPH Level 3 diploma work-based units:

  • Unit 3.6:   Preparation and operation of a mortuary

  • Unit 3.7:   Prepare for post mortem examinations

  • Unit 3.8:   Assist with post mortem examinations

  • Unit 3.9:   Viewing of the deceased

  • Unit 3.10: Team working

RSPH Level 4 diploma work-based units:

  • Unit 4.6:   Supervision of the mortuary function

  • Unit 4.7:   Management of the deceased in the mortuary

  • Unit 4.8:   Bereavement support

  • Unit 4.9:   Specialist practical mortuary skills

  • Unit 4.10: Deliver and evaluate training in anatomical pathology technology



A portfolio development plan and / or regular tutorial meetings between candidate and mentor is strongly recommended. It may be that additional training time as part of the candidate's routine work in the mortuary is required in order to be able to demonstrate that all of the portfolio work-based learning outcomes can be evidenced. If a candidate does not have access to a suitable work-based mentor and an environment that can provide the experience necessary to evidence the outcomes it will not be possible to accept them on to the programme.

Programme Requirements


  • Candidates admitted onto the training programme must have additional support from a named mentor - this could be a senior APT, your Mortuary manager, other Line manager or a supervising pathologist who is familiar with the mortuary environment, working practices and processes. Ideally the mentor should also have experience of producing evidence for the RSPH Level 3 and 4 Diploma. This can be achieved either by completion as part of their training process or by their supervision of another candidate/ trainee to successful completion.


  • Mentors should be identified by the candidate / department before they complete the application form for the RSPH Diploma course.


  • Applicants / candidates who do not have access to a suitable mentor should contact the Centre for advice before they submit their application form.


  • The mentor is required to read the declaration on the application form to confirm they have read and understood information on the course requirements, commitments and eligibility criteria related to the RSPH Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology award.

Purpose of the Mentor

Mentoring is a relationship established between an experienced, knowledgeable employee and a less experienced employee and involves the sharing of this knowledge and experience as well as offering advice. The mentor is expected to have a broad understanding of the RSPH training programme and the ability to support the candidate as follows:

  • The mentor should be able to provide professional support and guidance for candidates throughout their training period and be regularly checking progress of the portfolio. All portfolio work must be countersigned by the mentor before submission for assessment.


  • The mentor will be expected to support the candidate in obtaining any additional practical training and experience to facilitate the production of appropriate portfolio evidence.


  • Mentors should understand what constitutes good evidence and be able to offer advice on the appropriateness of evidence for the different learning outcomes. 

  • Candidates and their mentors are asked to hold regular meetings in order to monitor progress and provide an opportunity for any problems to be highlighted and resolved in a timely manner. Use the “Progress Review Meeting” template to document feedback - highlights and key points from these meetings can be documented in the candidates “individual training plan”.


  • Mentors should be readily available to support the candidate and offer advice as required.

  • The work-based mentor (or candidates other line manager) is responsible for requesting the candidates end point assessment (EPA) and must confirm during the request for EPA that the candidate has:

  1. Followed an RSPH approved training programme.

  2. Has completed the Level 3 / 4 portfolio in accordance with RSPH and Centre guidelines (see portfolio evidence criteria on link below).

  3. All evidence has been dated and signed prior to the date of the EPA application.


  • Mentors are able to contact the Centre to assist them in the provision of guidance.

General documents / information:  

Portfolio evidence criteria

Portfolio end point assessment application