Some Key Occupations

Key occupations in the Mental Health Service:

Approved Mental Health Professional – A senior worker with additional training to make decisions under the Mental Health Act to assess and decide whether a mentally disordered individual should to be detained.

Psychiatrist – A medical Doctor with extra training in diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

Care Co-ordinator – is responsible for organising and monitoring the care of an individual HPFT service user under a Care Programme Approach. They can be social workers, community psychiatric nurses or Occupational therapists.

Community Psychiatric Nurse – A qualified psychiatric nurse working in the community not the hospital.

Psychologist (either Clinical or Counselling) – a professional who studies behaviour and mental processes

Psychotherapist – A professional who uses evidence based therapies based on interpersonal discussion to help individuals overcome some mental disorders.

Peer Support Worker – Someone who has experienced mental health problems either themselves or as a carer and use their experience to support the recovery of others.

Social Worker – A practising professional with a degree in Social Work covering a wide range of activities to help communities, individuals, families.

Support Time and Recovery Worker – Someone who provides a range of practical support to individuals with mental health issues. Some 80% of their time is spent directly helping service users and 20% will be with carers.