Image by Alice Cook
Image by Alice Cook

The Permeable Practitioner

The permeable practitioner is an idea which grew out of my research into health professionals’ experiences of supervision. I noticed that regardless of how many years of experience practitioners have, they expect to encounter uncertainties in everyday practice. These uncertainties persist throughout the practitioner’s career but the sources of the uncertainties will vary. Practitioners who expect, recognise and seek to resolve their practice uncertainties are self-aware, aware of and for others, awareness sharing, feedback-seeking, open to alternatives, critically attuned and ultimately willing to change.

I call practitioners who display these behaviours and characteristics ‘permeable practitioners’.

In these pages, I’ve brought together ideas and resources which I’ve developed with practice colleagues and others. I’m sharing them here in the hope that they may be helpful for others in identifying, navigating and resolving practice uncertainties.

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Deborah Harding PhD, MSc, BMedSci(Speech), PGCertLTHE, HCPC, RCSLT, FHEA

Deborah HardingMy training as a speech and language therapist has been the foundation of a varied career in healthcare as a clinician, manager, educator and researcher. Much of the content on this site has grown out of my PhD in supervision for allied health professionals and subsequent work with a wider range of professions working in the NHS in the UK. Until July 2022 I was an associate professor in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George’s, University of London. Following the dissolution of the Faculty in August 2022, I am based in the Centre for Allied Health, St George’s University of London. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and a Fellow of the Advance HE (FHEA).

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