Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 17-29

First online:

The policy and the practice: early-career doctors and nurses as leaders and followers in the delivery of health care

  • Mark BarrowAffiliated withFaculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland Email author 
  • , Judy McKimmAffiliated withFaculty of Social and Health Sciences, Unitec
  • , Sue GasquoineAffiliated withFaculty of Social and Health Sciences, Unitec

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


There are increasing calls, from a range of stakeholders in the health sector, for healthcare professionals to work more collaboratively to provide health care. In response, education institutions are adopting an interprofessional education agenda in an attempt to provide health professionals ready to meet such calls. This article considers the nature of and interaction between professional and personal identity, power relations and leadership and followership in relation to the work practices of junior doctors and novice nurses and suggests ways in which understandings from these considerations might influence the educational preparation of students for these professions.


Collaborative health care Followership Identity Interprofessional working Leadership Power