About me

Julie B.
Social Policy and Social Work
Social Work
United Kingdom

About this profile

Social Worker
Leeds City Council
United Kingdom
Government and civil service

About the job

What I do

I work in a multi disciplinary mental health team, working with older and younger adults. The work involves completing community care assessments and setting up appropriate care packages in a person centred way. The post also involves providing therapeutic mental health support to service users. In another year, I will be completing further training so that I will be a qualified AMHP.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Extracurricular skills:
I use all of the skills and knowledge that I learnt in my social work training, and more. It is a steep learning curve once you start in a qualified post but newly qualified social worker are generally well supported now in there first year in practice.

What I like most

I enjoy working with a variety of other professionals such as doctors, nurses and ots. I love the variety of the work and the fact that in mental health services, our work often involves working with very complex cases which require a lot of relationship building with service users.

What I like least

The work can be stressful and quite pressurised. It helps if you have a supportive team and manager.

Finding and applying for the job

How I found out about the job

National press

The recruitment process

Online application in general recruitment pool for adult social care social workers followed by an interview and paper exercise. I was placed on a list of employable applicants until a suitable post came up.

My career

My career history

Jobs in social care prior to qualification. Unqualified post in mental health team before qualified post came up.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I am looking forward to completing my AMHP training in the next year. There are always opportunities to change directions or progress in ASC. I would like to become involved in service development project work in the future.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

When you go for an interview, be prepared. Think about what sort of questions they are likely to ask before you get there. Remember that in social work, they are looking for people with excellent social and communication skills and so try to concentrate on how you present in the interview.

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