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OT/speech and language therapy/social work related jobs that aren't social work

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user1484482753 Sun 15-Jan-17 13:27:40

Hi there,

Just wondering if there are any OTs/SALTs/trained social workers (either practising or not practising in those fields) who might be able to help me with my retraining dilemma?

I have been working in mental health support work for a while, much of which I have loved but as often happens, I have realised it is generally quite a low level, Jack of all trades role and I really do want to specialise. My experience in this area has shown me that what I want from a career is to a), help people, especially if they are highly vulnerable b), remain on the front line c), work mostly sociable hours and d), be intellectually challenged.

It seems that the therapies are the most obvious careers for ticking all those boxes and, having discounted counselling due to its appalling under funding by the government and subsequent lack of jobs, I have been looking into either OT or SALT. The more I read about them the more I like the sound of them, but as I'd most likely have to study for four years for either one I am cautious about jumping in too hastily. As a third option I am also considering training in social work, not because I want to be a social worker (huuuugely stressful I hear, and not that much front line client facing work) but because I have been led to believe that there are some interesting positions out there requiring a social work degree that aren't social work (mental health adviser at a university is one that springs to mind).

I would like to ask any OTs:

In a hospital setting, is there much personal care involved? This is the main thing that puts me off, I hear toileting patients is a requirement. If most hospital settings do necessitate this, any ideas how prevalent non hospital positions are?

I would like to ask any SALTs:

Is the prevalence of SALT positions as poor as some people have said? "Fierce" is the word I've heard used to describe competition for jobs.

Finally, I would like to ask any social workers:

To your knowledge, are there a decent number of jobs requiring this qualification that aren't social work itself (i.e. a more specialist form of support work) or do you think studying social work simply to go for these jobs is naive?

Thank you for reading my mini essay, I would really appreciate any pointers.

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