Today Think Ahead’s inaugural Summer Institute ends. Our first cohort of participants are readying themselves to move into community mental health teams for 12 months of on-the-job learning starting in...Full story
"Every week brings new challenges, and every day I know I’m making a difference to people’s lives"
"My work is never dull – you’re always surrounded by interesting, challenging, and inspiring people"
“It’s a huge responsibility, but it’s also deeply rewarding”
"You need to have pride in your work, and do the best job you can for the vulnerable people you are supporting"
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
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.
Paul FarmerChief 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.
Dr Ruth AllenChief 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.
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBEAuthor of the government’s review of social work education & Think Ahead board member
It’s the penultimate week at the Summer Institute, and communication has played a big part in this week’s learning. Communication skills are hugely important for social workers in many elements...Full story
A Think Ahead participant has shared their reflections on a day they spent shadowing a mental health social worker before they joined the programme. In an anonymous piece published on Guardian...Full story