The Braid Valley Hospital

Today I was at the Braid Valley hospital. This is a hospital for elderly people. I was in the social work department.

I got there at about 5 minutes to 10. I was meant to start at 10.

When I got to the office, I was greeted by three social workers. I already knew that i would be meeting one, but didn’t know there were three!! They all worked in the same office. I basically just found out why an elderly person might need a social worker, and what they did.

Well I found out that the social workers would arrange care packages for the patients, arrange for a patient to go in to full time nursing care if needed, arrange residential care, meet with doctors, ocupational theropists and such, to assess the patient, carrying out patient assessments to see if they can live at home, arrange Discharge planning meetings and arrange carers for people who want to live at home independently but still need some care.

I didn’t do anything today, as it was mainly for information purposes. As well as what I was told, I got stacks of leaflets about different areas of social work. I wasn’t expecting so much. All I need now is to get them brailled.

I don’t know if I would like this field yet. I think I would need some experience with elderly people to make up my mind.

Tomorrow I’m off to The Cedar Foundation.

Work Experience Update….

In a post
a couple of Months Ago
I posted about my work experience and how I was looking for help. Well, I am going from the 3rd December to the 7th. God, that’s Monday!

I am going to
Holywell Hospital,
The Braid Valley Hospital,
The Cedar Foundation
Women’s Aid
I am going to be a very busy bee indeed!!! I am going to so many places because 1) I want to experience a range of different fields, and 2) Because of the confidentiality issue I can’t go to a lot of fields.

I have no idea what I will be doing. I can’t wait. I will keep you all posted. Wish me luck!

Second Work Experience Placement-Help!

Last year I went on work experience. I went to a place that sells technology for blind and visually impaired people. It was Called Visual Access. It was in Belfast.

Now, I have been allowed to go on a second work experience placement. We will go from the 3rd December, to the 7th. Sorry, but during the time of writing this, I wrote that I was going in October. This is not the case. Sorry again.

Anyway, I would love to go back to Visual Access, but my careers teacher would prefer me to go somewhere local. I want to do social work, but the confidentiality stops me.

Do any of you guys know of where I could go this time? Apparently, I could do something similar to last year, or something different. By a placement that is local, I mean somewhere in the Antrim/Ballymena region. Any suggestions? If you need any more info, give me a shout.