“One thing I really value about my role is the opportunity to work in a city I really like, to live close to work and to be able to make positive changes in my own community."
Dan is a Social Worker in the Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Team and an Approved Mental Health Professional...
“I came to the NHS from a voluntary sector background working as part of a Rough Sleepers Team with people who were homeless who were also often experiencing mental health problems. In this role I worked alongside mental health professionals to get support for my clients and really enjoyed the input they could bring to the people I was working with.
“I work now as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assessing new patients/service users and putting care in place.
“I aim to try and keep people in their own homes as part of their community where possible and safe.
“Under the Mental Health Capacity Act I support patients, service users and families to make decisions if they are unable to make decisions about their care or the next steps to take. Part of my role is also to deal with safeguarding and enquiries under the care act.
“I really like the size of the NHS and the multi-disciplinary approach the teams take to supporting their patients. The team I work in has such a variety of skills from nursing to psychiatrists who are always available to talk to about how to best help service users.
“Since working in the NHS I’ve witnessed a huge level of respect and authority that comes from working for a national organisation and yet on another level there is a real family feel to the teams even those that work across sites.
“If I could tell someone with no experience of working in a mental health trust what is it like I would say that it’s not easy, and at times it’s not nice as we see people at their absolute lowest. However, the flip side of that is working in this team I have an opportunity to help people recover from this crisis and to receive care that will prevent them from reaching that point again. As mental health workers we have to visualise the bigger picture and help people make the changes necessary to help them meet their long term goals. It’s a privilege to work with such a variety of people.
“In the SOAMHS team I meet a lot of people with really interesting stories and backgrounds. It’s great when there is an opportunity to listen to the people I am working with, hear about what makes them tick and the things they have done in their lives.
“One thing I really value about my role is the opportunity to work in a city I really like, to live close to work and to be able to make positive changes in my own community. My wife is a paediatric nurse in Brighton and we are both passionate about working in our own town and impacting the environment around us to make positive, lasting change for the people in our community.”