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Supporting New Graduates in the Health Service: The Experiences of Entrants to the Speech and Language Therapy Profession

Elspeth McCartney (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Jane Kerr (Ayrshire and Arran Community Health Care NHS Trust, UK)
Linda Cannon (Lanarkshire Health Board, UK)
Peter J. Martin (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Journal of Management in Medicine

ISSN: 0268-9235

Article publication date: 1 June 1993

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Abstract

Reports a survey of 1990 and 1991 graduates entering the speech and language therapy profession in the UK. Questions focused on the induction and support measures received from managers. Also investigates the experiences of six new therapists in one “good practice” area, Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, with a package of support measures implemented. Results showed that new therapists were given a great deal of help and support, and valued it highly. They welcomed information on policies and practices, and there is a need for even more written information. They made successful personal adaptations to the work environment, and managers felt that they were effective overall. The study serves as a benchmark for small professions entering the NHS before reforms alter employment context. Suggests that good professional managerial practices will have to be carefully maintained.

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McCartney, E., Kerr, J., Cannon, L. and Martin, P.J. (1993), "Supporting New Graduates in the Health Service: The Experiences of Entrants to the Speech and Language Therapy Profession", Journal of Management in Medicine, Vol. 7 No. 6, pp. 21-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/02689239310047844

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