Opportunities to work in Mental Health


As part of the Degree+ programme of careers events run by the Psychology, Sociology and Politics department and the Careers and Employment Service, national employers Alpha Hospitals and Cambian Group visited us to discuss the roles and opportunities they offer. Close to 80 students attended the event, seeking to gain insight into the sector and to apply for full and part time roles. Professionals from each organisation began by sharing about their own career journeys and healthcare services, and this was followed by a networking opportunity where students asked individual questions and presented their skills to the employers. Both companies are continuously recruiting for a range of roles including nurses and support workers.


Alpha Hospitals have three hospitals within the UK including one in Sheffield, providing low and medium secure mental healthcare, and are continually seeking to recruit new staff. Throughout the year they hold a number of open days for newly qualified nurses. Students from other courses such as psychology can apply for support worker roles to gain insight and build experience. Alpha Hospitals’ HR director emphasised this role as a way into the organisation, with opportunities to progress and gain responsibility for those who impress. Assessment days are held once a month, which include a talk with a current employer about their role and responsibilities followed by candidates completing an aptitude test. Following the Degree+ event a special assessment day was arranged especially for Sheffield Hallam students! One particular bonus is that support is offered to successful applicants to any role regarding accommodation, as the company own a number of houses within their hospital area.

Cambian Group are the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services for children and adults in the UK. They offer over 249 services and employ over 6000 people. The jobs they offer include; nurses, therapy co-ordinators, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, assistant psychologists and social workers. They have three sites in the South Yorkshire area. They are particularly seeking mental health nurses at present but regularly have opportunities for candidates from other disciplines. For jobs linked to psychology, their assistant psychologist highlighted the importance of demonstrating volunteering on CVs, to stand out from other applicants.  Cambian at times is able to offer work experience opportunities, and interested candidates should contact their local sites. There is also opportunity to work as a bank support worker on a casual basis to build experience whilst studying.

Both employers were impressed with the quality of the candidates at Sheffield Hallam and hope to return for future events. Overall, both companies offer great opportunities to enter and succeed in a career within mental health. For more information on these companies visit their websites at;



by Grace Ellis – second year Sociology student who has completed an 8 week placement with Careers and Employment Service, supporting the team with careers fairs and events, and edits by Caroline Hanson, employment adviser