Integrating interpreting into institutional practice: sign language interpreting in the Police and National Health Service in Scotland
Turner, Graham H.
This paper describes the operation and outcomes of the Promoting Equal Access to Services project, which had two aims. The first was to reduce the gap between training and work for sign language interpreters by offering a six-month structured internship, including placements in the Police and National Health Service, alongside mentoring, supervision and coaching. The second aim was to further the integration of interpreting into the institutional practice of the Police and National Health Service. The paper describes the background of the project and the organisationally-centred theoretical framework, based on the work of Dong (Dong 2016; Dong/Turner 2016) and Downie (2016), before outlining the support package offered and examining intern experience and the effects on each of the organisations, before discussing the relevance of the results for future similar projects and for the theorisation of interpreting. It concludes by arguing that, to ease the transition between interpreting and work and to create environments conducive to excellent interpreting, close co-operation between training providers and organisations that use interpreting regularly will be needed.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Jonathan Downie, "Integrating interpreting into institutional practice: sign language interpreting in the Police and National Health Service in Scotland" in: "The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 26 - 2021", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 235-252
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