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  • 6 Jun / 18
    Features

    “Think Ahead participants bring innovative research to our meetings and have so much energy and enthusiasm – it’s inspiring!”

    Kirsty Shires is a Consultant Social Worker on the Think Ahead programme. In her role, she supervises a unit of four Think Ahead participants who are placed within a community mental health team. She and the unit members manage a shared caseload together. Here, Kirsty explains how being a Consultant Social Worker has reignited her […]

  • 21 May / 18
    News

    “It’s such a privilege when people open up to you” – participants share their experiences with new Think Ahead recruits

    The launch event for Think Ahead’s third intake took place on Saturday (19 May). New recruits, who will begin the programme in July this year, came together for the first time to learn more about the role of a mental health social worker, and to start preparing for the programme. The day featured a number […]

  • 10 Apr / 18
    News

    New places available to join the Think Ahead programme in 2018

    Update: Applications for these new places have now closed. Applications to join Think Ahead in 2019 will open in autumn 2018. We are delighted to announce that, due to an increase in the number of places available at some of our NHS and Local Authority partners, we are today opening applications for new places on […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    “Social issues can have a massive impact on a person’s mental health and recovery” – Think Ahead mental health social workers speak to Community Care

    A Think Ahead participant and a Consultant Social Worker have told Community Care, a leading social work news website, why social approaches are so important in mental health care. As a Consultant Social Worker at the London Borough of Bexley, Nicola Shawyer manages a unit of four participants on their first year of the programme. […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    Celebrating mental health social workers on World Social Work Day

    On World Social Work Day (Tuesday 20 March) social workers come together to celebrate the profession’s achievements. To mark this event, Think Ahead is highlighting the valuable contribution mental health social workers make – and the impact that social approaches to mental health have on people’s lives. Think Ahead participants have been profiled in the […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    “Being supported in the community can help to remove the stigma around mental illness” – Think Ahead participant Thea writes in the Independent

    Think Ahead participant Thea Radburn has written in the Independent’s comment section, Independent Voices, about the importance of social approaches in treating mental illness, and what her job as a mental health social worker involves in practice. Thea, who started the Think Ahead programme in 2016, says that while therapies, medication and inpatient care can be […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    Features

    “I love the feeling I get when I know I’ve helped someone” – a Think Ahead participant describes a typical week in the life of a mental health social worker

    Sonya Chee, a participant in the second year of the Think Ahead programme, has been included in a promotional feature in the Metro newspaper, describing her typical working week. Sonya is a qualified social worker and is based in an Early Intervention in Psychosis team in East London NHS Foundation Trust. In the feature, she […]

  • 19 Mar / 18
    Features

    “It is rewarding when you help someone recover” – participants share what they enjoy about training to be mental health social workers

    Three of our participants – Suzanne, Arnold and Jan – have been included in a promotional feature in the Evening Standard, talking about what drew them to the Think Ahead programme, and how they’re finding their roles. Suzanne Suzanne, 29, studied Law at the University of Cambridge, and embarked on a legal career – but […]

  • 9 Mar / 18
    News

    Think Ahead opens applications for academic partner

    Update: 9 April 2018. We have now closed our invitation to tender.  Think Ahead is inviting applications from academic institutions to become our academic partner for our fourth and fifth intakes. The successful institution will become a vital part of the Think Ahead programme – delivering dynamic and innovative teaching in pioneering social work theory […]

  • 27 Feb / 18
    In the media

    “My days are busy but I’m lucky to really love my job” – Think Ahead participant Zoe describes her typical working day

    Think Ahead participant Zoe Rice-Jones has written an article for Blueprint, a Cambridge-based magazine about mental health, describing the work she does training to become a mental health social worker. Zoe is training and working in a local community mental health team made up of social workers, nurses, doctors and psychologists who collectively support 700 […]

  • 18 Jan / 18
    News

    Deadline announced for applications to join Think Ahead in 2018

    Today we’re announcing that the closing deadline for applications to join our 2018 intake is Thursday 1 February 2018 at 5pm. We’re looking for remarkable graduates and career-changers who want to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. If you want a graduate job that is both rewarding and challenging, our intensive […]

  • 13 Dec / 17
    In the media

    “Exciting, a little bit scary” – participants catch up with Radio 4 about their Think Ahead journey

    A year ago BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind began a series of interviews with two members of Think Ahead’s 2016 intake – Charlotte Seymour and Alec Tooms. At that point Charlotte and Alec were at the beginning of their journey into mental health social work; a year on they are over half way […]

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