At Sussex Partnership, we want to make sure that we can give everyone the chance to do something good for the community. This is why we offer the opportunity to Volunteer with us at the Partnership. This can be via work experience or by helping us make the lives of our service users a bit brighter.
Helping a young person with their mental illness doesn't have a once size fits all method; That's why we offer a range of different care options at SPFT. We spoke to Sue Storey about what a day as an Art Psychotherapist is like working at Sussex partnership.
Last year if you had asked me what I thought an apprenticeship would be like, I would have told you that they are great way to get into a career but I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills on one. That has all changed since I started my apprenticeship at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust.
Firstly, while partaking in the apprenticeship you are paid well. This means that you can improve your knowledge and career progression while still keeping the bills from mounting up. In addition to this, while working on your apprenticeship you won't be forced to do coursework after work. Your manager, and by extension SPFT will encourage you to pencil time into your calendar to do coursework and research during your work day rather than eating into your free time. I was also offered days where I could shadow another member of staff and ask questions about anything I needed help with during my time as an apprentice.
During my apprenticeship, I never felt like I wasn’t part of the team. In fact, I was given responsibility for projects which I never thought I'd receive as an apprentice, which made me feel incredibly respected as a team member and like I was given every chance to succeed. Following on from this I was invited to the virtual Apprenticeship Awards. These annual awards give your team the chance to celebrate the hard work you do, along with giving you the chance to win a fancy award, which never goes amiss! Everyone even gets a fancy gift bag to take home!
Lastly, one of the biggest things I noticed was that anyone can take an apprenticeship, regardless of age or experience. Like many people, before I started working at SPFT I was under the assumption that you had to be a fresh-faced graduate from school or college to be accepted onto an apprenticeship. That changed when I joined, as I found that there where people of all ages and levels who were working though apprenticeships to improve themselves. This continues even after you finish your apprenticeship, as SPFT offers a range of courses so you can always continue your professional development.
While working for Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, you don’t always need to be working in a patient caring role to help make a meaningful change in the life of a person with mental health. Our range of support services helps keep everything running in the background; so that we can deliver the best and most up to date care to our users. This can be from giving users a warm welcome when they first step into our sites to recruiting the best medical staff to bring new care methods and ideas to the Trust.
We spoke to Janet Cran about her work in our Mental Health in school/Hampshire CAMHS service, along with secret coffee machines at offices.