Life as a Support Worker

So far I’m really enjoying my job as a clinical support worker. I’ve been working on my ward for nearly 7 months now, and although it can be stressful I like being on my feet all day. It beats sitting at a desk doing a job I dislike for 8 hours!

If you’re reading this post and looking for information on what it is like to be a support worker in a mental health setting, then this may not be exactly the right post for you. Whilst I work with some people who have mental health illnesses, I work in an acute trust on a neurology unit. Therefore my role is primarily concerned with the physical care of patients.

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Mental Health ‘Link Nurse’

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you may remember me mentioning here that one of my aims was getting more involved in my job as a support worker, with maybe a link nurse role.

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I am a terrible blogger.

I have not been posting, I’ve not even been thinking about posting. I wanted to document my experience as a masters student, however it’s not worked out that way at all!

However, with classes for this semester over with, I am going to again try my best to blog regularly. Once a week at this point would be a good aim.

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It’s been a while!

I’ve not been keeping up with my writing recently, on here or in my reflective journal! I’ve still got to write a review on the LAPG conference I went to in June as well.

I am going to try and get re-motivated with everything over the next week! I’ve started a new online Coursera course as well in Social Psychology, so I need to keep up with that, I’m determined to finish this one!

I want to post about my volunteering and paid work, how it’s been going the past month, but I want to put some thought in to the post, so bear with me on that, I will try and get it up tomorrow.

In the mean time, I’m tweeting for @SalfordPsych this week, so follow if you don’t already, and engage with me on there!

First Day Nerves!

I am finally starting my job as a clinical support worker tomorrow. I’m really nervous, having not worked in a hospital environment before, and I have no idea what to expect!

I’m working from 7am to 7.30pm, which I’m happy to be doing as I think I’ll be able to learn quicker on longer shifts.

I don’t have my uniform yet so will be collecting that in the morning as soon as the sewing room opens. I’ll also need to get my ID card from HR. I will try and apply for flexible working when I’m there, so that I can continue to work in neuropsychology every Friday.

I’m enjoying the volunteer AP role, I’ve been given a few tasks to do every week, including an audit, and in the coming weeks one of the full time APs is leaving, so I’ll be able to take on some extra responsibilities whilst they only have 2 APs. I’ve observed one patient’s first appointment too, which was a great experience and I felt like I learnt a lot.

Waiting for references.

What a pain! I think I’ve been waiting for a reference from my previous job for about a month now, and it still isn’t back! Finally got the employment team for the hospital to get one from my dissertation supervisor, but now my new manager has apparently said that doesn’t have enough attendance information on it.

I just want to start! The only good news I’ve had from them so far this week is that as I did a corporate induction in order to start my volunteering job, I don’t need to do another one for my paid job!

I’m going in to be an honorary AP this week again, I haven’t been in around two weeks, after the one day I did, as the timing just wasn’t really right.

This week my supervisor will be in, and she will be in every Friday from now on, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and having a bit more guidance available!

Missing being a student!

Since not having anything university-related to do since handing in my last assignment, and doing my last day at my old job the other week, I’ve been rather bored! I’m not starting my AP post properly until 5th July now, and I don’t even have a start date for my support worker role yet! I’m hoping it will be soon, as I’ll need to start earning money now I’m technically unemployed until I sign my contract!

My boredom has lead me to start exercising properly, and I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which is crazy. It feels good to be sore the next day though, because I know I’m doing something right!