How Can I Choose a Mental Health Sector to Work In?

How Can I Choose a Mental Health Sector to Work In?

Working in mental health social care is a hugely diverse, flexible and ever-changing career choice! So much so that it can feel challenging to work out exactly where you slot in, or where your skills will bring the most significant benefit.

There is a vast range of roles and specialisms, ranging from outreach support to working in schools, residential facilities to eating disorder clinics or creative therapy, as a few examples.

You might also decide that you want to offer other support services, and you’ll find mental health care work roles throughout:

  • The charity sector.
  • Education
  • Criminal justice.
  • Health and nursing support.
  • Social care facilities.

A role in mental health care doesn’t have to be in a specific psychiatry unit or counselling service, either. For instance, you might work in care homes or provide home care services, working with people and their families coping with conditions such as dementia.

The best way to choose the right sector for you is to break down your aspirations, experience, qualifications and skills – and ultimately, select the job that feels right.

To help you narrow down your options, the OUTT.com team has put together this guide to steer you through the questions to identify your ideal role.

What Drives You to Work in the Mental Health Sector?

The first question to ask yourself is what your passion is. Many mental health social care professionals have been inspired by life experiences that mean they feel compelled to help others.

For example, that might be:

  • Experiences of caring for a family member or close friend struggling with a mental health condition.
  • Having dealt with a mental health condition yourself and supporting people using your real-life knowledge to help them find a way through.

There is no requirement to have personal experience in mental health care, but these are some illustrations of the driving force behind social care mental health professionals.

If there is a specific illness that you are educated about, it will likely be a strong influence in selecting the best role for you.

Are You Hands-On or Organisational?

Not all mental health support staff work as carers. You might be eager to work in the mental health industry and have practical or managerial skills that could be of tremendous benefit.

As we’ve mentioned, there are countless social care roles, including:

  • Catering
  • Housekeeping
  • Transport
  • Management
  • Payroll
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Gardening

Where you have a specific skill or ability that you’d like to incorporate into your social care career, this is an excellent place to start identifying suitable job placements.

You can also work for multiple employers, with the OUTT.com recruitment app offering urgent shift vacancies and regular or longer-term positions.

There is always scope to try out a few social care support roles and employers or combine shifts in different places to keep you on your toes.

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Who Do You See Yourself Working With?

Many mental health care workers choose their sector as they wish to work with a particular age group or demographic.

As we’ve discovered, mental health support services cover just about every industry there is, so skilled care workers will have no trouble finding vacancies in their preferred area. You might want to work with children or be keen to educate others about mental health impacts and how to look out for signs that a person needs support.

Perhaps you envisage your role in a care home, looking after the elderly and ensuring they have the best possible quality of life and professional support dealing with mental health conditions.

Alternatively, you might be focused on outreach work or community support roles. They can involve working with adults, community centres, schools, churches and businesses to provide ongoing help and raise mental health awareness.

While you can always chop and change your work placements, if you have a specific group that you feel you’d like to work with most, that will help narrow down your career choices.

Are You Happy to Travel, or Do You Want to Stay Local?

Outreach and community-based roles will inevitably involve travelling. Some social care professionals love the flexibility of this work environment and thrive on the opportunity to meet lots of new people and experience a transitional workspace.

Community nursing teams are one example of a job opportunity that is very varied and will usually mean visiting lots of different patients during the working week.

However, others may prefer the stability of having a static place of work. For example, if you live in an area with poor public transport, or where parking is rarely straightforward, this might be a better option.

Mental health support workers are always in high demand at numerous potential employers:

  • Hospitals and clinics looking for support staff and carers.
  • Care homes and nursing homes.
  • Colleges and educational establishments with a counselling team.
  • Human resources departments or occupational therapy units.
  • Home care or personal assistant providers, where a person at home needs regular support and perhaps around the clock care support.

The practicalities are essential, as if you select a role that isn’t going to be manageable long-term, it will cause more disruption and can be difficult to move away from patients with whom you have a great connection.

What Are Your Career Aspirations?

Now for the big question – where do you see your social care career heading?

If you’re unsure, that’s fine, but if you do have an idea of a rewarding role you’d like to work towards, this can be a critical factor in choosing the right mental health sector for you.

There are some fantastic apprenticeship vacancies out there, or you can select roles based on relevant experience that will contribute to expanding your CV and learning vital skill sets.

Little is as valuable in career development as practical experience. So if you’ve got a plan for the future, it’s a great idea to dive in, benefit from on-the-job training, and work towards your goals while gaining valuable insights into working in the mental health social care sector.

For more information about vacancies and roles in social care and mental health, please visit the OUTT.com portal for details of the latest placements available!


Health and Social Care Jobs with OUTT

Health and Social Care Jobs with OUTT

Health and social care jobs are amongst the most important roles in our society, but for too long social care workers have gone under-paid, under-recognised and under-appreciated. Healthcare employment agencies have for too long made profit their primary goal, causing those working in social care to be stuck working inflexible shifts, having to make difficult decisions to ensure the sufficient level of care required can always be delivered.

This is all about to change. Introducing OUTT.

What is OUTT?

OUTT is essentially a smartphone app designed for those looking to work social care shifts in Greater London (but is expanding country-wide very soon, so worth registering if you’re not currently London based). OUTT offers flexible shifts in various social care roles and settings direct to your phone.

Who is OUTT for?

OUTT is due to launch in the coming weeks and will be offering shifts to qualified and experienced social care workers in Greater London. Pre-registration is NOW OPEN, and the demand is rapidly growing. Social care workers in any sub-sector will be able to access shifts through OUTT.

OUTT covers and facilitates the working of last-minute ad hoc shifts, fixed-term contracts, rota work and permanent vacancies through our unique PAYE platform. And provides employers a safe and effective route to directly book shifts with candidates they get to know and love.

How is OUTT different to health and social care job agencies?

OUTT is super flexible and uses the latest app technology, so the app really works for you! It’s super fast to register, start the process and take control of your social care career. Plus there are many real benefits like daily pay options and the ability to grow a great relationship with your favourite employers.

OUTT literally lets you choose where and when you want to work, and for what rate of pay. All available shifts that match your profile, with full detail, will be available on the app and social care workers can select their shifts as they choose. This allows for flexibility around family commitments, other work, study and… life!

It’s completely free to register and work with OUTT – which for some reason is an anomaly in a sector where so any agencies charge their employees to get paid, err no thanks! But that’s not all, pay is flexible too! OUTT facilitates a weekly payroll with daily pay options, so you can choose to be paid whenever they like. Even a work-based pension and the accrual of holiday pay to draw on whenever you need is our standard.

OUTT is working only with employers who agree to pay their social care staff fairly, so role and level dependent, our minimum hourly rate sits at a minimum £10+ per hour (correct April 2020) and will rise in line with future minimum wage increases.

What’s more, each shift worked through OUTT results in cashback being paid into your own professional development scheme. This cashback, when accumulated, can be spent on things like PPE, professional training courses or CPD workshops – so you can learn as you earn and unlock the potential to earn more in the future!

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What’s the process to register with OUTT?

OUTT is currently open for pre-registration (with early registration benefits on offer), so you’ll be added to the list of expert care staff ready to work the second the app goes live! Register on the site and you’ll receive an automated email as well as regular updates as we move closer to ‘live date’.

Once the app is fully up and running, you’ll be asked to fill out personal and professional details so that we can supply you with roles and shifts that you’re qualified for and suit your preferences. Once fully registered, you can start accepting shifts and jobs as they are available.

The first 1,000 social care workers who pre-register for the app will receive exclusive benefits including professional development funding and early access to employer reviews (and everyone knows that good reviews = good business!).

What are you waiting for?

Pre-register with OUTT today and you can truly take control of your career in the health and social care sector!

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!