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Workforce transition: From social work student to practitioner

Purpose

To explore the literature of the move from student to practitioner competence in social work, and to compare this with similar literature from studies of the nursing and teaching professions. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe
Jo Moriarty

Funding

Department of Health

Background

In order to provide further intelligence for the background to the Into the Workforce study, the DH commissioned a short scoping review of the ‘transition to professional’ literature from the disciplines of social work, nursing and teaching. A short report was produced from which articles have been submitted for publication.

Methods

A scoping review of the published literature in social work, nursing and teaching identified the types and range of published research on the transition to competence. The scoping review established that research on this topic was generally confined to a small number of studies but terminology and methods were varied, making comparisons difficult.

Timetable

2009

Output

This study was used in the literature and contextual chapters of the Into the Workforce Interim Report to the DH and the review has been submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals covering 1) interprofessional education and 2) social work.
Article

Moriarty, J., Manthorpe, J., Stevens, M. & Hussein, S., (2011, online), 'Making the transition: comparing research on newly qualified social workers with other professions', British Journal of Social Work. 

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