With 14 years’ experience of working in both the NHS and in private practice, Tripti Gyan from Nottingham took the plunge and set up her own private practice, TG Physiotherapy Care, when she was made redundant in 2009. With a full complement of clients wanting to benefit from her expertise and the offer of a treatment room at the local YMCA gym, Tripti was soon up and running. Four years down the line and Tripti’s business has gone from strength to strength, but she admits that there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way:“When I was made redundant I was primarily a clinician, not an entrepreneur. However, I was fortunate enough to have been nurtured and guided by four highly experienced mentors from varying backgrounds as I began to set up my practice. They all encouraged me to lay a solid foundation for my business and to always look forward at the bigger picture when making decisions. I can safely say that the hard work in the early days has paid off immensely.” Focused on the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries Tripti’s line of work clearly demands a hands-on approach, but she also wanted to get stuck in to something different outside of the practice. Although not Tripti’s first experience of mentoring – having previously worked with physiotherapy students and newly-qualified graduates – she knew that the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course in London was something she wanted to take part in when she came across it: “I learnt a great deal from all my mentors over the past four years and with their help, made many good personal and professional decisions. Don't get me wrong, I've made mistakes as well, but thankfully I’ve made sound judgements too. I decided to train as a mentor to share my experiences, both as an established health care professional and as a businesswoman, with those who would like to follow suit. I feel that I would be paying forward the wisdom I have gleaned from those who have travelled the path before me.” She suggests that with the changing nature of the healthcare industry and the demand for more medical professionals to act in an entrepreneurial fashion – sometimes a controversial issue – her insight and experience could prove valuable for new clinicians coming through into the business world. But that doesn’t mean Tripti plans to limit her mentoring to enterprises based around the medical profession. She says, “I am keeping an open mind as to the type of business I’d like to mentor. Working with someone from a different professional background would be good for me. And hopefully it will provide the mentee with a different, perhaps fresher, perspective. All of my own mentors were from a non-physio background and their insight proved to be invaluable. I’d like to think I could do the same in reverse for a mentee.” Despite a hectic schedule with her own practice over the coming months, Tripti says she is looking forward to meeting her first mentee, and she plans to get in touch with one of her local mentoring organisations at the earliest opportunity.