Transition Year Programme

About the Programme

The TY Programme has something to offer all students regardless of subject or career interests; however, it is a particularly valuable programme for students interested in a career in the health sector, including medicine, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, occupational therapy and social work.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Observation and participation in a mock Multidisciplinary Team ((MDT) Meeting alongside clinical staff from our MDTs
  • Cardiac Response Training, after which the student will be awarded a recognised certificate of completion
  • Workshops and talks held by Willow Grove Adolescent Unit clinicians in a wide range of areas, such as Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
  • A mental health services management workshop presented by our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Gilligan


Transition Year Graduation Ceremony

Toward the end of the school year, students are invited, along with their parents and teachers, to the Transition Year Graduation Ceremony. This is a very enjoyable event for students who get to reunite with friends they made on the programme, and receive an official certificate of graduation from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in addition to a Certificate for a Community Level Certificate for Cardiac First Response from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.

A recent survey of students found that almost all respondents (96%) believe that their experience in the TY Programme has benefited them in preparing for a future job or role in the workplace. Interest in the programme has increased year on year, and feedback repeatedly shows that the experience is a positive and lasting one for students. Past students have made positive connections with follow students and staff which have continued long after programme completion.


 Applications for the 2019-2020 programme are now closed.


I found that all staff members were friendly, informative and very positive. Couldn’t believe the incredible atmosphere in the hospital.

We got a huge insight into many professions in the medical field, not only in the psychiatric medical area.

The mock interview was a great …as it showed us how the doctors work with patients

There is a strong stigma around mental health but this placement has made me realise that anyone can be affected by a mental illness and there should be no stigma

I had a basic but stereotypical knowledge of mental health. Now I believe I know more.

I want to be a nurse when I am older and before St Pat’s I never heard of a psychiatric nurse.

I really hope to work in a hospital like St. Pat’s as either a psychotherapist or a nurse. It has really defined my future goals.

TY Programme Student Testimonials

I spoke with a parent just this week whose son was a past student who attended your programme. He has gone back to college to do social work as a direct result of attending St Patrick’s TY programme.

It was not an area they thought of in terms of employment. However, after attending they are now seriously considering it.

I believe it gave them a much better understanding into the whole area of mental health… it also took away the ‘fear’ of what goes on in working in a mental health facility.

As a mother, the week at St. Patrick’s changed my son’s whole outlook on life. Since doing the week he has embraced every opportunity for self-growth.

TY Programme Teacher Testimonials

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