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Trainee Mental Health Social Workers (4 posts)

Think Ahead
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  • £17,200 bursary*
  • 37 hpw
  • 2 Year Fixed Term Contract to undertake the training programme.

Most people know someone who's had mental health problems, but not everyone knows someone who can make a difference. Could you?

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

We have places for around 160 applicants to train and qualify as social workers and transform the lives of people in communities across England, when our next programme cycle starts in July 2021.

If you are passionate about having a positive impact on society, then this could be for you.

See how the programme works: thinkahead.org/about-the-programme/how-the-programme-works/

About the role

As a mental health social worker you will be responsible for helping people with a wide range of mental health problems including; depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and will support them to tackle social issues in their lives that have a profound impact on their mental health.

Mental health social work is a highly varied role that offers a wide range of opportunities to improve the lives of the people you work with.

You will help people to address a diverse range of factors, including relationships, housing, and employment, that are often overlooked in treatment of mental illness. This might include standing up for someone's legal rights in the workplace; reconnecting them with friends, family and their local community; or working with local authorities to make sure they are living in accommodation that is suitable for their needs.

For more examples of what mental health social work looks like in practice, visit our about mental health social work page: thinkahead.org/about-the-programme/about-mental-health-social-work/

What you will study

The Think Ahead programme has an innovative curriculum, which brings together international best practice with a focus on theories and interventions that can be put into use straight away. Both the postgraduate diploma and the master's degree are awarded by Middlesex University.

The Think Ahead curriculum allows you to develop expertise at delivering evidence-based social interventions - for example, through talking therapies, practical support, and community action.

You will also study topics to help you judge when and how to use the social interventions you learn, such as the:

  • legal and policy framework relevant to mental health and human rights
  • different mental health problems you may encounter
  • range of issues which influence people's mental health.

Funding/ Pay

There are no programme fees, and all qualifications are fully funded.

*To cover the Summer Institute and Year One, you will receive a tax-free training bursary of £17,200 over a 14-month period, so for each full month you will receive around £1,230.

In Year Two, you will be employed as a newly qualified social worker and receive a taxable salary.
Your exact salary will depend on the NHS Trust or Local Authority employing you.


We welcome applications from people with a wide variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines and from people with lived experience of mental ill health.

You will need:

  • the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme
  • to hold at least a grade C GCSE in Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualification)
  • to hold at least a grade C GCSE in English or English Language (not English Literature)
  • to hold a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree, in any subject other than Social Work
  • to let us know whether you are able to drive, and if not whether you are willing to commit to learning before you start the programme.

The programme is intensive, and you may find that you use some evening and weekend time for your academic studies.


We make conditional offers as soon as you are successful at an assessment centre.

The earlier you apply, the greater your chance of attending an earlier assessment date and therefore being offered a place on the 2021 programme.

Apply via: https://thinkahead.org/about-the-programme/how-to-apply/

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