- Autonomy: the ability to act independently and to take responsibility
- Improvisation (reflection-in-action): adapting one’s practice to the contingencies of the work in hand
- Learning (reflection-on-action): looking back critically on how one’s practice could be improved
- Mentoring the ability to act as tutor and guide to others involved in SPRINT activity.
- Practice-based: the assessment is based on actual SPRINT mentoring experience not purely theoretical knowledge;
- Flexible: it should accommodate a range of profiles of experience, recognising that opportunities differ in different organisations;
- Simple: completion should not be onerous but, by definition, will be more expansive than the practitioner award (5 to 10 days work) and should be couched primarily in non-academic language;
- Personally useful: completion should stimulate critical insights and personal learning;
- Communally useful: knowledge should be garnered that will be of value to the whole SPRINT community.