Join us to make a difference in mental health services
The University of York are recruiting three staff to join the Department of Social Policy and Social Work to help deliver the Think Ahead programme. Think Ahead is a new graduate route into social work with a particular focus on mental health social work.
We are looking for a Senior Lecturer who will take a leading role on the day to day running of the academic programme. S/he will be supported by a Lecturer and Associate Lecturer. All three staff will work with colleagues from the University of Central Lancashire to deliver a new form of practice education.
In the first year of the programme Think Ahead participants will undertake a practice placement to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma and social work qualification (subject to approval from the Health and Care Professions Council). Participants will be in units of four supported by Consultant Social Workers within community mental health teams.
The academic staff will work closely with the Consultant Social Workers to deliver practice learning for the Think Ahead participants. They will support case consultation groups and lead tutorials to support participants to embed social work theory and research in their practice. There will be a particular focus on training in social interventions to enable participants to become confident in working with individuals, families and communities.
The work will involve travel throughout England to meet regularly with Think Ahead participants and Consultant Social Workers. The Senior Lecturer and Lecturer will also work with me in the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research developing a programme of research to inform practice in the UK and beyond.
World Mental Health Day
To mark World Mental Health Day, Think Ahead has today released a video highlighting the transformational potential of mental health social work. Narrated by Stephen Fry, it reminds us that social workers can and do make a difference in people’s lives.
Mental health services need to draw upon social and community perspectives to support people with their personal recovery. Mental health social workers have an important contribution to make here. I believe that by using evidence-informed social interventions as part of their routine work mental health social workers can help individuals to achieve their recovery goals.
These are exciting times for mental health social work. If you’re interested in helping us to make a difference, please join us!