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
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.
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.
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.