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.”