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by Prosopon
Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Struggling in my first job in mental health
Replies: 6
Views: 4387

Re: Struggling in my first job in mental health

It might have suited clinical issues. Any new role is hard. An inpatient ward is an incredibly challenging place to work! It takes time to feel comfortable. You, like other support workers are being asked to deal with things that are really difficult and probably with inadequate support. I found a ...
by Prosopon
Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Struggling in my first job in mental health
Replies: 6
Views: 4387

Struggling in my first job in mental health

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum -- I wasn't entirely sure where it would fit best. I've recently started my first job in the mental health field, working on an acute inpatient psychiatric ward and I am finding things very tough, so much so that I am now on reduced shifts because my own health ha...
by Prosopon
Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: MSc Psychology Conversion Course Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 8650

Re: MSc Psychology Conversion Course Advice

Hi Kel, are you able to go to open days or campus tours? That might help you to decide. When I did my undergraduate degree I loved the sound of a course at one particular university, but when I went to an open day there I did not get a good vibe from them at all and ended up going elsewhere. I don't...
by Prosopon
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Need some advice please: hate support work
Replies: 28
Views: 12817

Re: Need some advice please: hate support work

I'd just like to say thank you to everyone for their replies. I have taken on board everything that you have all been saying, explained that it wasn't for me before giving notice, and had my last day as a support worker for that company a week ago. I have straight away found a job as a 'Student Sup...
by Prosopon
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Interviews
Topic: Reasonable adjustments
Replies: 3
Views: 3579

Re: Reasonable adjustments

I'm definitely not a qualified CP but I have asked for a similar adjustment to this before so thought it might be useful for me to share my experience. The psychologist who diagnosed me with Asperger Syndrome pointed out that I do not use much body language. When I started applying for jobs and gett...
by Prosopon
Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Etiquette for requesting time off before even starting job
Replies: 1
Views: 2775

Etiquette for requesting time off before even starting job

I was given a start date for a new job last week and immediately made them aware of a date I absolutely cannot work, which is almost two weeks after the start date. They seemed to be absolutely fine with this. However, I have just remembered my mum has bought me a theatre ticket for another date not...
by Prosopon
Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role
Replies: 34
Views: 16550

Re: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role

Congratulations that's great news it's all proper and confirmed now! :) I'll (hopefully!) be a healthcare assistant in a private mental health hospital - even though I've been doing support work for three years I still haven't got much experience within mental health as I worked with people with AB...
by Prosopon
Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Need some advice please: hate support work
Replies: 28
Views: 12817

Re: Need some advice please

I feel like the role mainly revolves around providing personal care, making food or cleaning rather than communicating with the residents. I do get to do this, and sometimes get to support them in going and and accessing the community but less so than other tasks. This has been my experience in my ...
by Prosopon
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role
Replies: 34
Views: 16550

Re: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role

Thank you for the supportive comments! I feel proud of myself for sticking by my morals, even though I was facing one of my biggest fears. What's your new job, Esuma? I hope you get through occupational health quicker than I did! Thanks, Mush. I knew that really but was so stressed by the situation ...
by Prosopon
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Need some advice please: hate support work
Replies: 28
Views: 12817

Re: Need some advice please

I feel like the role mainly revolves around providing personal care, making food or cleaning rather than communicating with the residents. I do get to do this, and sometimes get to support them in going and and accessing the community but less so than other tasks. This has been my experience in my ...
by Prosopon
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Support worker discussion thread (eg smoking vs smoke free)
Replies: 10
Views: 3768

Re: A day in the life of a healthcare assistant (inpatient).

Thank you for the people who responded to me. The smoking thing is an interesting issue but I personally don't think people should have to put their health at risk. The interview that I thought was for a medium secure forensic setting actually turned out to be a step-down service for people with acq...
by Prosopon
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role
Replies: 34
Views: 16550

Re: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role

Thank you so much for the responses Geishawife and Dice, and I truly appreciate you sharing such a personal experience, Dice -- what you said was definitely extremely helpful. I did end up handing my notice in last week and my last day will be at the beginning of next month, thank goodness, as my ma...
by Prosopon
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role
Replies: 34
Views: 16550

Re: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role

I'm in such a difficult situation right now. Bizarrely I STILL haven't heard if my potential employer can make adjustments for me and am therefore in a kind of limbo. However, things in my current job have reached crisis point and the working environment has become unbearable. I'd go as far as sayin...
by Prosopon
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Support worker discussion thread (eg smoking vs smoke free)
Replies: 10
Views: 3768

Re: A day in the life of a healthcare assistant (inpatient).

I have an interview tomorrow for a healthcare worker role in a medium secure forensic setting so read this with interest. But I'm a little worried about the whole cigarette break thing! Rabbit, did you seriously have to breathe in the smoke?! I'm all for pitching in and doing unpleasant work if it i...
by Prosopon
Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role
Replies: 34
Views: 16550

Re: Feeling very demoralised in support worker role

hah, people are trying to snap you up! Glad it's all working out :lol: Thanks, Mush. :D I must admit, my anxiety is starting to go back up as I have not heard yet whether they can make the adjustments recommended by the doctor. The recruiting officer seemed to think he would be able to let me know ...