A career in child and adolescent mental health

Although your CAMH foundation degree is more specialised than other courses such as Health and Social Care this does not mean that it limits your career opportunities.  It’s worth keeping these points in mind:

  • Opportunities exist in a range of settings across the education, health and social care sectors.
  • The CAMH foundation degree is not offered by very many institutions. Coupled with the work experience that you will also have as part of your course, this puts you ahead of the game.
  • Government has pledged to increase funding for CAMH. This, together with the demand for services and support that we know is growing, mean there are likely to be more job opportunities.
  • If you want to be a psychotherapist, you will need more professional study after your degree to be registered.
  • Many schools now work in partnership, usually as multi academy trusts, and run their own affairs. This gives them flexibility to employ their own support staff and set their own job requirements. This has created opportunities for those with knowledge and experience, but who may not have the specific professional qualification needed to work for CAMHS.

There is a lot of information online to help you research different careers within the sector. For example:

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily
www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counsellor
www.healthcareers.nhs.uk
www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles

Use the forums to get online guidance from our careers advisor and for support from other students.

If you would like individual advice and guidance please e mail: josie.cuffe@learninginstitute.co.uk