Public engagement project

The Covid Rollercoaster

Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions of Healthcare Graduates

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Start date

May 2022

Completion date

May 2022

In this study, we explored the ongoing multiple and multi-dimensional transitions experienced by medicine, nursing and dentistry students due to graduate in summer 2020. Some graduated early to join the NHS workforce and others had their graduation deferred for a year due to lack of clinical experience. We explored the expectations and realities of their transition experiences; their perceptions of the impact of their transitions on them, their wellbeing, and on their significant others. This longitudinal study helped understand each individual’s adaptations to multiple concurrent changes over time. The cross-sectional data revealed trends and patterns for each group of graduates.

This comic anthology presents the interpretations of interview data from doctor, nurse, and dentist graduates. The five comics present both individual and composite narratives of different participants. The visualisation of the data through comics was valuable to portray the wider context of COVID-19, and participants’ related transition experiences and emotions.


External team members

  • Nicola Innes (Editor)
  • Tricia Tooman
  • Waraf Al-Yaseen
  • Clio Ding (Artist)
  • Maria Corrales (Artist)
  • Jaina Teo Lewen (Artist)

Project team

Dr Damon Herd