The Experience of being a Qualified Female BME Clinical Psychologist in a National Health Service: An Interpretative Phenomenological and Repertory Grid Analysis

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Abstract

This study explores the lived experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) clinical psychologists employed in the U.K. National Health Service (NHS). A mixed method qualitative approach was employed using repertory grids and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Six female BME clinical psychologists took part. Four master themes emerged from the analysis, including standing out as different, negotiating cultural and professional values, sitting with uncertainty, and feeling proud to be a clinical psychologist. The repertory grid analysis supported these findings and enriched the study. Implications of the study are discussed—namely, the importance of the profession increasing the cultural competency and sensitivity of its members as well as becoming more diverse.

Original languageEnglish
Article number31(3)
Pages (from-to)273-291
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Constructivist Psychology
Volume31
Issue number3
Early online date7 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Clinical Psychology
  • BME Clinical Psychologists
  • IPA
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Clinical psychology training
  • Repertory grid technique
  • Qualitative Research

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