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Apply your mind to mental health

The Think Ahead programme is a new route into social work, for graduates and career-changers remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems.

  • Paid fast-track scheme
  • Master’s degree & leadership training

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  • I’m delighted that Think Ahead will open more people’s eyes to the rewarding nature of working in mental health.

    People with mental health problems have a right to expect the highest quality of professional support. That’s a complex challenge, and Think Ahead will create experts who can bring together the NHS, local councils, and voluntary organisations to provide excellent services.
    Quote icon Paul Farmer
    Chief Executive, Mind & Think Ahead board member
  • Think Ahead's purpose is to improve people's experiences of using mental health services, and to develop the impact of the mental health social work profession.

    Think Ahead will boost the visibility and voice of mental health social work, promoting our expertise in social interventions, our leadership of practice, and our innovation.
    Quote icon Dr Ruth Allen
    Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers & Think Ahead board member
  • Think Ahead is a new and exciting route for talented people to become excellent mental health social workers.

    Mental health social workers educated and trained through the Think Ahead programme should enhance the quality of mental health services and make a positive impact in service users’ lives.
    Quote icon Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE
    Author of the government’s review of social work education & Think Ahead board member
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