Cultural health capital and professional experiences of overseas doctors and nurses in the UK

Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Psoinos, M. (2014) Cultural health capital and professional experiences of overseas doctors and nurses in the UK. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11 (1). pp. 35-47. ISSN 2049-5471.

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Abstract

Drawing on autobiographical narratives of a small sample of overseas doctors and nurses working in the UK, this study analysed emerging subjective theories of their professional experiences and explored how these are related to the theoretical framework of cultural health capital, an expert theory on a form of cultural capital which is leveraged in healthcare contexts and may result in more optimal healthcare relationships. The findings of our analysis demonstrate that there is a wealth of expertise and experience among overseas healthcare professionals, and that it is underutilised because of structural and institutional barriers. Healthcare professionals with temporary migration status faced longer delays in their career progression than those with EU citizenship or work permits. Irrespective of migration status, career aspirations were thwarted by external circumstances with negative consequences for individuals’ well-being, with doctors being affected more severely than nurses. Structural and institutional barriers that have an impact on professionals’ ability to progress into the UK healthcare system are discussed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential of cultural health capital as a framework for capturing and explaining the career trajectories experienced by overseas healthcare professionals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0640 Refugee problems
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0399 Regulation of medical practice. Evaluation and quality control of medical care. Medical audit. Clinical governance
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Prof Eleni Hatzidimitriadou
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 11:01
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2017 16:33
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13123

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