Professional Identity research receives international recognition

New research focusing on professional identity in integrated teams by Dr Stephanie Best and Dr Sharon Williams from the College of Human and Health Sciences received the best paper award at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference. Dr Best (currently of sabbatical with Macquarie University) received the award at the conference recently held in Melbourne.

She said: “We were interested in the significance practitioners place on professional identity, when not working amongst their own profession, and what internal and external factors influence it.” 

Professional identity is vital to understand in health and social care as it influences how a practitioner behaves and therefore impacts on the care patients/clients/service users’ experience.

“We found practitioners considered professional identity (when working within an integrated team) as important and to be strongly influenced by the role/behaviour of others and other themes such as trust, power and knowledge creation/sharing. Participants also pointed to importance of being able to mobilise one’s professional identity for successful integrated team working.”

The study is now being extended with the design and testing of an education resource to explore whether influencing professional identity and team work has any impact on patient outcomes/experience.  The presentation at ANZAM has attracted further interest from academics in Australia and New Zealand with a view to collaborating to further develop the research.


ANZAM conference