Start your career now.

The important message is you do not need any formal qualifications to start your journey and you do not need any experience. What we are looking for are individuals with the values and who have a passion for working in community mental health services across London. The skills framework is to help you navigate your journey – we do not expect you to meet all of the skills immediately.

Volunteering & Work Experience

  • Widening Participation
  • Developing the current workforce
  • Future workforce requirements


Apprenticeships normally last between 12-24 months and are a great way to be paid for work and gain a qualification at the same time. Some organisations also offer apprenticeship degrees and this again is a great way to work and study in a role you will then become qualified for.

Useful topics to look at are the skills, experience and values required and how a career may be structured.

Develop your role

If you are already working in health and social care but want to expand your role or knowledge and/or consider a move to a different role, or undertake a professional qualification you may want to look at the full framework and read the section on Supporting your personal and career development.

Applying for a role

A lot of roles in health and social care, including local authority and voluntary sectors advertise their jobs on line. You are likely to have transferrable skills which we are looking for.

Useful topics to look at in the framework include the recruitment process, skills, experience and values we are looking for which may help with your application.

Career and recruitment resources

How do I use the Skills Framework

The skills framework can be used by existing employees to self assess their existing skills and experience in their current role to support their personal development

The framework also outlines how the skills framework can support your career development, whether this is to look at other career options in a different role, or to support you develop your existing role and identify what training and development you may wish to consider.