The experiences and perspectives of overseas trained speech and language therapists working in the United Kingdom

Cocks, N. & Cruice, M. (2010). The experiences and perspectives of overseas trained speech and language therapists working in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12(3), pp. 271-282. doi: 10.3109/17549500903215318

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Abstract

There is a growing body of research which has investigated the experience of the migrant health worker. However, only one of these studies has included speech and language therapists thus far, and then only with extremely small numbers. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and perspectives of migrant speech and language therapists living in the UK. Twenty-three overseas qualified speech and language therapists living in the UK completed an online survey consisting of 36 questions (31 closed question, 5 open-ended questions). The majority of participants came from Australia or the USA and moved to the UK early in their careers. Participants reported a range of benefits from working in another country and more specifically working in the UK. The findings were consistent with other research on migrant health workers regarding known pull factors of travel, finance, and career. This study suggests additional advantages to working in the UK were realised once participants had started working in the UK, such as the UK job lifestyle. Finally, the migrant speech and language therapists were similar in profile to other migrant health workers in terms of age and country of origin previously reported in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immigration, migrant, speech and language therapy, INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/1198

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