The experiences of overseas trained physiotherapists working in the United Kingdom National Health Services

Hilary Kyle, Raija Kuisma

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Abstract

Objectives To develop a greater understanding of the personal experiences of overseas trained physiotherapists working in the NHS. Design Qualitative research design using Phenomenological research approach. Method Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted which were voice recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Setting Physiotherapy services across two NHS Trusts. Participants Ten overseas trained physiotherapists who were employed in the NHS on a permanent contract for a minimum of 1 year. Results Three themes were developed: feeling superior, adapting to NHS physiotherapy practice and gaining identity. Conclusion Participants had mostly had a positive experience of working in the NHS. Owing to the heterogeneous nature of these participants’ education in their home countries and experiences in the NHS, a tailored approach to induction and training may be required to support overseas trained physiotherapists adaptation to the NHS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-177
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiotherapy
Volume99
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Overseas physiotherapists
  • Experiences
  • NHS

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