Profiling the professions by ethnicity and sex, and ways to improve their representativeness.
This study explores gender and ethnic diversity within two healthcare professions in the UK: speech and language therapy and medical radiography. A tripartite framework is used to explore diversity management within the professions:
Thus, the study aims to address the following three research questions:
Participants are diversity practitioners (individuals driving the diversity agenda within the profession) and practising healthcare professionals (therapists and radiographers), who will be recruited from organisations (e.g. NHS and private firms) that employ the latter group, using purposive and snowballing techniques. If time permits, the perspectives of relevant non-profit organisations such as professional associations may be sought. Two data collection methods will be used in this cross-sectional study: (a) analysis of the organisation’s diversity policy documents and (b) semi-structured interviews with diversity practitioners and practising healthcare professionals. Diversity practitioner interviews will explore how diversity policies/strategies are practiced: why diversity is pursued, contents of policy (e.g. goals), its implementation (i.e. obstacles/opportunities), outcomes and who the main people are throughout the process. Practising healthcare professional interviews will explore career experiences related to diversity (e.g. any obstacles/sources of support, how sex/ethnicity made a difference to accessing/ progressing within careers, if their employer’s diversity policies had any impact on their careers). Interviews will be conducted either virtually or face-to-face, audio or video-recorded, with some notes also taken, and then transcribed. Thematic analysis using NVivo software will be used to analyse the interviews.
1st Supervisor: Dr Elena Doldor, Queen Mary University of London2nd Supervisor: Dr Grant Lewison, King’s College London3rd Supervisor: Dr Doyin Atewologun, Oxford University
Mursheda studied BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology at University College London. Before starting her PhD, she worked as a Research Assistant on the European Commission’s “Mapping_NCD” project (2014-17, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/602536) which mapped five non-communicable disease research across Europe, and has also conducted bibliometric health research for Evaluametrics Ltd.