Billie-Jo's second #CareDay18 blog

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:43

Welcome to Blog Number 2 folks! For social work students, work placement is a big part of your time at university so it’s only right that I tell you all about my placement....

In August I started my first placement and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Anyone who knows me knows that, when I started this course, I wanted to work in a 16+ team. I love the idea of working with young adults developing independence skills as it fits with my own experience. So you can imagine my surprise when I find myself in an adult mental health placement.

Now I had never considered working in mental health before and I was very scared and dubious starting it. Now that I’ve finished my placement, I understand why everyone told me to go in with an open mind. It was amazing and I got to learn so much! Not only did I get to learn more about mental health and the medical side of things, I got to work with an amazing team who were nothing but supportive. But most important of all were the people I worked with.

I learnt so much about how to work with people. I learned about the importance of working in partnership and ensuring that they are empowered to make their own decisions and have a say in their care. I got so much hands on experience. I’m really thankful to the staff and my practice teacher for teaching me so much, but it’s the people I worked with who taught me even more and were so supportive and willing to let me join them on their recovery journey. It’s safe to say that I couldn’t have asked for a better placement. They say when you find your niche in social work you’ll know… I think I may have found mine.

Work placement really opened my eyes to the world of social work that the classroom doesn’t provide. And having been a service user, it gave me a holistic view and I was able to use that to develop my practice. I hope to continue to use it to inform my future practice and eventually policy in the future. I also realised that farming is a great method of self-care!

Tune in on Friday - #CareDay18 - for my final blog where I’m going to do a throw-back to Care Day 2017!