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Health Careers LIVE with Mental Health

Health Careers LIVE with Mental Health

Health Careers LIVE are live streamed events that broadcast to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about the different job roles within the NHS.

This live broadcast featured Dr Anita Green, an Associate Director of Nurse Education at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and visiting professor at the University of Surrey,  Jessica Yeates, an Occupational Therapist, working in The Group Treatment Programme across Adur, Arun and Worthing and Scott Jones, a student nurse.

The live chat is always open next to the video player so feel free to leave a question or comment and we’ll get it forwarded to the team from the Mental Health team.

Broadcast length 26 minutes

About Careers within Mental Health

  • Dr Anita Green

    Associate Director of Nurse Education at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and visiting professor at the University of Surrey

    I started my mental health nurse training in 1981 having completed my Registered General Nurse training and working on medical wards.  After qualifying as a Registered Mental Nurse I worked in acute mental health in patient and community services.  I was sponsored to do a full time degree for two years in 1991 which then took me into full time university teaching; mainly, up until 2008, as a Lecturer (Clinical) linked to a drug and alcohol service. I completed a master’s level qualification in 1997.

    From 1995 to 2004 I was involved with drug and alcohol training and education programmes for nurses, nurse teachers and doctors based in St. Petersburg, Russia.  It was a privilege to work with colleagues in Russia and I gained a huge amount personally and professionally.  From 2001-2004 this work became my doctoral thesis.

    I joined Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a Dual Diagnosis Nurse Consultant in 2008. My responsibilities included working with people who presented to the service with drug and/or alcohol and mental health issues.  In 2014 I moved to the Education and Training Department as a Nurse Consultant in Education and Training.  I became an Associate Director of Care Professions Education and lead on care professions education which included nursing, psychology and allied health professionals.  I held a clinical readership with the University of Brighton at the time.  In 2015 I became Associate Director of Nurse Education.  I was appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Surrey in 2018.  I am passionate about nursing and being a nurse and have had a wide-ranging and interesting career – which is what nursing offers.  It is the best career in the world!

  • Jessica Yeates

    Occupational Therapist, working in The Group Treatment Programme across Adur, Arun and Worthing

    I have been working in my current post since I qualified in 2015, so this is my first ‘real’ job as a qualified professional.

    From a young age I have always been interested in wanting to help others, particularly those faced with adversities in their life, but I was unsure what area or field what suit me. I have my own personal experiences of supporting family and friends with mental health difficulties and could see first-hand how these impacted on health and wellbeing.

    In 2009 I completed my Psychology degree at the University of Southampton. I then worked as a teaching assistant at a school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. However it was until I worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant within a medium secure psychiatric hospital that really cemented my desire to work within mental health and I fell in love with Occupational Therapy as profession.  I soon realised that the ethos of Occupational Therapy was completely in line with my own values and beliefs. Equality, wellbeing, health, independence and enablement, amongst many others.

    I was fortunate to have a fantastic supervisor to supported my application to complete my Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc at the University of Brighton. After a very intense two years I finally qualified in 2015 which is when I started to work for the Sussex Partnership foundation Trust and I have never looked back. I never thought I would end up in a job doing something I absolutely love.’

  • Scott Jones

    Student Nurse

    I have been working within Sussex Partnership Trust for over 17 years in various settings: learning disabilities, forensic health care and I have also taken on the role of prevention and management of violence and aggression tutor (PMVA).

    Within my career with Sussex Partnership Trust I have achieved a number of qualifications, including level 2 QCF in health and social care, education and training level 3, also completed an ILM course in team leadership. I believe the courses I have completed have given me a good range of transferable skills that are helping me to complete Open University course. My academic skills are constantly improving with my completion of courses.

    I feel that have achieved a lot since starting to work for the trust at 18 years of age  I  left school with no GCSE and was given the opportunity and support  to better my knowledge;  the  support from line mangers and colleagues has pushed me to  achieve the qualifications.  I really enjoying my course it’s Challenging , exciting. All my placement have been a great learning Experience.

    I am looking forward to qualifying as a Registered Mental Nurse in 2021. And bring my knowledge back to the NHS trust that trained me and give me the opportunity to better myself  and do the job I love, working with patients and families  and making a difference in someone  life is the best feeling in the world.

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