Crossing boundaries: how refugee surgeons learn to work in the NHS
Friday, 29 February 2008


How refugee surgeons learn to practise in the UK Refugee surgeons represent an“extreme” case of refugee doctors in general, in that surgery is a craftbased discipline which requires (almost) daily practice in order to retain co-ordination and skill. The disruption implicit in the asylum-seeking process is therefore a direct threat to professional identity and expertise.Moreover, health demographics are likely to be different in the home country, so that the experiential knowledge base will be different from that of a UK practitioner, and probably also the exposure to particular procedures and technologies. There are also the generic issues around language, cultural expectations, hierarchy, and the role of women in a maledominated specialty.