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

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    15 November 2023

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    SAGE Publications

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    Elizabeth Casson Trust


Atwal, A., Sriram, V., & McKay, E. A. (2024). Perceptions of black and minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring: A survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 87(4), 221-229.



Mentorship, BME, occupational therapy, ally

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