If you want an easy job then this isn't for you. However, if you want to belong to a team who thrive on the challenge of improving the lives of those with mental health and learning difficulties, ending your shift each day with a sense of achievement and satisfaction from the level of care and support you have given, then this is definitely the job for you.
Good training, with opportunity to develop own skills and qualifications. Good support from colleagues and managers.
Yes, the shifts are long, but are balanced with days off, e.g. 4 on 3 off.... and meals are provided free whilst at work. Many units runs a rolling rota, so easy to plan ahead with own social life. However just like most other care and public service organisations shifts may change due to operational need.
My advice if you've never done this before is to research mental health and learning disabilities. Look up positive behaviour support, check out the BILD website, if you then believe you can make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then go ahead and apply!
Sometimes very challenging, but becomes easier the more you understand an individuals needs.