Mental Health Care Assistant

SLVeteran Jenny

SLVeteran Jenny - Mental Health Care Assistant

Education: Psychology - Bournemouth University, UK

SLV.Global Placement: Sri Lanka Mental Health Placement July 2013

Current Role: 'I have started a masters in mental health studies and recently got a job as a Mental Health HCA (Health Care Assistant) with Oxleas NHS trust in London/Kent.'

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: 'I went to Sri Lanka for 5 weeks between July and August 2013 and completed the psychology placement. Also worked on teaching programmes in schools and with adults. At weekends I travelled to Kandy, Unawattuna, Mirissa, Colombo, Dambula and Sigiriya. ' 'It enabled me to gain experience working with vulnerable people and also shows employers how dedicated I am to working towards my chosen career.'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'How best to work with vulnerable adults. The language barrier made it even more difficult at times, and from that I learned invaluable skills.'