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A Day in the Life of Jon

Jon Haynes is a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis (GRiP) / Early Intervention team

“I’ve worked for the Trust for five years. After qualifying in 1997, I did a range of jobs including surgery, but became much more interested in psychiatry. I find it allows you to get to know patients better and understand what makes them tick.  It’s more of a challenge”.

“My day to day work is wonderfully varied. My day often starts with a team meeting.  This includes professionals such as occupational therapists, social workers and nurses. No day really looks the same because I see patients in clinics or in their own homes.  I supervise junior doctors and my team, and teach medical students.”

“A highpoint is seeing the impact of the annual outward bound trip which some of our service users go on, organised by the GRiP Team. They come back with increased confidence and a sense of autonomy which they didn’t have before.”

“I’m also Associate Medical Director and Clinical Director; therefore I also help shape the future of mental health services for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire; I contribute to the clinical governance programme that gives assurance to the public that services provided by 2gether are safe.”

“We undertake more home visits in Early Intervention than in most other teams as we aim to increase engagement because the early years are so crucial for the long-term trajectory of psychotic illness. It’s a job where you can make a huge difference but it’s a challenge because we are still combatting a degree of stigma. Psychiatry can often be under appreciated as it takes commitment and time to keep working at it to realise what a fantastic speciality it is.”

“I love all of it, the variety, but what I love most is people getting better and patients either returning to normal health, or recovering and gaining a meaningful life even if symptoms are persistent”.

Sam Turley

A day in the life of Sam

Sam Turley is a Senior Case Worker at Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis team.

“I start my day by planning out my work and checking up on people that I’ve not seen, to see how they are progressing.

“I have a caseload of about 15 people, and they range from very unwell, to being in quite a good stage of recovery. I work with 14- to 35-year-olds, who are having their first episode of psychosis or are at risk of psychosis, and my role is to manage their mental health with them.

“This can be done in a number of ways, from equipping them with techniques and strategies to manage symptoms or stress, working with them to manage their medication, to helping them get back into jobs and education and promoting their independence.

“I also work with service users to look at the early warning signs, so together we can see when they may be becoming unwell again.

“My work is very varied; one day I may be going into a school to discuss how they can better support one of their students, while another day I could be visiting a service user with a doctor to talk about them coming off their medication.

“We work with people for up to three years, supporting them through a stay in hospital, recovery and preventing them relapsing. Many people will have one psychotic episode and then recover, and early intervention can support this.

“I really enjoy working with this particular group of service users, and find it very rewarding. There’s not really anything I don’t like about my role or the Trust, which can only be a good thing!

“My team is great; very open, forward thinking, passionate and progressive. Everyone is very supportive, both from a personal and professional perspective. The opportunities for professional development that the Trust offers are also excellent; I’ve been offered lots of training.”

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