Building career pathways in the allied health industry: a practical framework

Bandaranaike, S., and Kimmerly, A. (2014) Building career pathways in the allied health industry: a practical framework. In: Proceedings of the WACE 10th International Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education. From: WACE 2014: 10th International Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, 2-4 June 2014, Trollhattan, Sweden.

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Understanding and application of work skill requirements and the pathways to develop those skills from novice to advanced practitioner are fundamental to success in any given health profession. The research reported in this paper aims to guide the progression of allied health professionals in achieving this objective. Currently work placements in allied health disciplines provide an introduction to integrating clinical skills in the workplace; however they do not necessarily consider adaptability and sensitivity to the workplace environment or an awareness of fundamental employability skills required for career progression. In addition, current workplace assessment in the allied health industry is confined to professional appraisal/development more so than supporting the individual's capacity to progress their career. The Allied Health Career Development framework [AHCD] developed through this research is a practical tool to guide, monitor and foster progress of the individual from novice to advanced practitioner via the delineated levels of autonomy embedded within it. These levels of autonomy are ascribed to six workplace skill attributes - initiative & goal orientation; technology & resource use; learning & reflecting; planning & leadership; problem solving & critical thinking; and, communication & professionalism. The AHCD outlines the attributes required in each of these facets to progress from novice to advanced practitioner. The value of the research lies firstly, in monitoring professional growth; secondly, in the use of reflective practice and peer/mentor coaching, and thirdly, in creating a more confident, satisfied and goal orientated employee in the allied health workforce.

Item ID: 38446
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: professional career development; allied health; reflective practice; emotional intelligence; work skills
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 03:06
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