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Perceptions of black and minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring: A survey

Atwal, Anita; Sriram, Vimal; McKay, Elizabeth Anne


Anita Atwal

Vimal Sriram


Mentorship is perceived as a mechanism to enhance career progression. Within occupational therapy, there is little research to demonstrate the effectiveness of mentoring on career success and no research has explored its relevance for black and minoritised ethnic (BME) occupational therapists. This research explored the experience of mentoring for career progression from a BME perspective using a survey.
An online survey was conducted with occupational therapists in the United Kingdom who identified as BME. The primary recruitment method was a convenience sample via a BME network and through its other links. Content analysis and descriptive statistics were used to analyse and report the data.
In all, 54 BME occupational therapists completed the survey. Most BME therapists had never requested a BME mentor, but most wanted a BME mentor. Active allyship was viewed as an important part of mentorship when mentored by a white therapist.
This research is the first study in occupational therapy to examine the mentoring experiences and needs of BME therapists. It is a call for action to recognise and reorient the approach and understanding of the structures and experiences of BME mentorship.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2023
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2023
Publication Date 2024-04
Deposit Date Dec 4, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 4, 2023
Print ISSN 0308-0226
Electronic ISSN 1477-6006
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 87
Issue 4
Pages 221-229
Keywords Mentorship, BME, occupational therapy, ally
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