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What is the professional identity of allied health managers?

May Mak, KH, Kippist, L, Sloan, T and Eljiz, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0970-1888 2019 , 'What is the professional identity of allied health managers?' , Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, vol. 14, no. 1 , pp. 1-10 , doi:

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Objective: This paper explores the professional identity (PI) of Allied Health Managers (AHMs) and how their identity is typically constructed.Methods: A qualitative research methodology utilising semi-structured interviews was employed for this research. Thematic analysis was used to extract relevant data from the transcripts.Settings: The study was undertaken in five acute hospitals within one of the largest metropolitan Local Health Districts in New South Wales, Australia. A total of sixteen AHMs and deputy AHMs were interviewed.Results: Three key themes identified were: PI of AHM, motivation of becoming a manager, and construction of their identity. Factors motivating AHMs to follow a management pathway were identified as being a natural progression and having interest in high-level decision-making. Despite AHMs sharing similar role conflict as the medical managers, they adapted to hybrid manager roles with minimal resentment. They also adopted to the hybrid manager role with a positive, realistic and flexible perspective.Conclusion: Despite facing role conflict as a hybrid-professional-manager, AHMs manage the transition from clinicians to managers with a positive approach. This indicates that AHMs may require certain skills or characteristics to successfully construct their PI.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:May Mak, KH and Kippist, L and Sloan, T and Eljiz, K
Keywords: professional identity, managers, allied health, health professionals
Journal or Publication Title: Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management
Publisher: Australian College of Health Service Management
ISSN: 1833-3818
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Copyright (c) 2019 Ka-Hi May Mak, Louise Kippist, Terry Sloan, Kathy EljizThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

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