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Selection and Recruitment in the Healthcare Professions

Research, Theory and Practice

  • Fiona Patterson
  • Lara Zibarras


  • Offers perspectives on selection recruitment text in the healthcare context

  • Presents extensive research and an evidence base

  • Responds to changes in regulation over recent years to help inform practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Maureen E. Kelly, Paul A. Tiffin, Lazaro M. Mwandigha
    Pages 27-50
  3. Stephen A. Woods, John Barratt
    Pages 51-77
  4. Fiona Patterson, Rachel Driver
    Pages 79-112
  5. Mirjana Knorr, Johanna Hissbach, Wolfgang Hampe
    Pages 113-138
  6. Máire Kerrin, Liz Mossop, Emma Morley, Gail Fleming, Charlotte Flaxman
    Pages 139-165
  7. Barbara Griffin
    Pages 223-248
  8. Jennifer Cleland, Kirsty Alexander, Sandra Nicholson
    Pages 249-274
  9. Helena Edwards, Tom Kinirons, Fiona Patterson
    Pages 275-297
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 351-379

About this book


How we recruit future healthcare professionals is critically important, as the demand for high quality healthcare increases across the globe. This book questions what the evidence tells us about how best to select those most suited to a career in healthcare, ensuring that the approaches used are relevant and fair to all who apply.

The editors of this collection take a comprehensive look at the latest research surrounding recruitment and selection into healthcare roles. Each chapter is authored by leading experts and, using international case material, the practical implications for workforce policy are explored. They review the key stages in designing effective selection systems and discuss how best to evaluate the quality of selection processes. Evidence from role analysis studies as well as the effectiveness of different selection methods including aptitude and situational judgment tests, personality assessment and interviews are examined. Chapters also cover approaches to student selection and recruitment for postgraduate trainees through to senior appointments. Finally they highlight contemporary issues in recruitment, including the use of technology, selecting for values, candidate perceptions, coaching issues and how best to promote diversity and widening access.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fiona Patterson
    • 1
  • Lara Zibarras
    • 2
  1. 1.Work Psychology GroupDerbyUK
  2. 2.Organizational PsychologyCity, University of LondonLondonUK

About the editors

Fiona Patterson is a leading international expert in selection, assessment and innovation in organisations. She is the founding Director for Work Psychology Group, providing advice to organisations internationally and Visiting Professor to the University of London, UK, having previously held academic posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Lara Zibarras is Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at City, University of London, UK. As a chartered occupational psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, Lara has conducted extensive selection assessment research in high-stakes settings, focusing on the applicants’ perspective, diversity and use of innovative assessment methods. She has published widely in academic journals and consulted for public and private sector organisations in the areas of selection, training, development and psychometric assessment.

Bibliographic information

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“Regardless of candidate's educational background and academic performance, aptitude and personality are key factors in how well he or she will ultimately perform in a chosen career. … This book is well written by a group of authors well trained in their fields.” (J. D. Whifill, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)