• Question: What jobs in the NHS support people with mental health issues?

    Asked by 772menb25 to Psychiatry Ward Team, Neel - Psychiatrist, Home Treatment Team, Early Intervention Team, Ed - Mental Health Nurse, Arts Therapy Team, Annabel - Head of HR on 30 Jan 2019.
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      Sheffield Psychiatry Ward Team answered on 30 Jan 2019:

      There are lots of roles available, and something for everyone!

      There are lots of ‘sub-specialties’ within mental health, for example old age, child and adolescent, perinatal (looking after women around childbirth with MH issues), liaison (looking after patients admitted to a non-psychiatric hospital but has MH issues), drug and alcohol services, eating disorders, forensic (those who have committed crimes) – and more! You can either work in hospital (on psychiatric wards like we do), or in the community.

      You can be a psychiatrist – a trained doctor that specialises in mental health. You could be a nurse, again who are specially trained. You could be a support worker that offers hands on support to patients. On top of that MH teams need admin staff, cleaners, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and more. You can even be a lawyer that specialises in mental health!

      If you havent seen this website yet its work having a look around: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/search/mental%20health

    • Photo: Home Treatment Team

      Home Treatment Team answered on 31 Jan 2019:

      Steven – my role as a Recovery worker includes providing accessible recovery support options/aids. Like helping Recovery in obvious ways: social inclusion, recovery planning, crisis resolution, peer support, graduated supported exposure, confidence building, skill building aiding independence and even promoting physical health/activity and nutrition. I work with people one to one or in groups. Recovery starts with hope/interest in the future. I try to help people find some hope and have interest in their future. Nurses, doctors, OTs, dietitians, healthcare assistant, receptionists, psychotherapists, porters, support workers, crisis line workers, social workers and many many more roles are all supportive of people with mental health using the NHS.

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      Ed Freshwater answered on 5 Feb 2019:

      I’m obviously biased but I really recommend mental health nursing – there’s not a load of management but you get a good career and are the most trusted profession in the country, getting to spend time with people really making a difference.