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Jude Kearns

Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc
Jude Kearns

She is currently studying the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced practice in Health and Social care) course.

What was your main motivation to undertake postgraduate study?

I wanted to have the opportunity to be stimulated in my thinking and application of research and theories into my clinical practice. I also wanted to advance my career which having an MSc contributes towards.

What were the factors that influenced your decision making when considering postgraduate study?

I wanted a course that I would find interesting and relevant to my clinical practice. I also wanted to be in London to limit time spent commuting so that I could juggle the demands of work and study successfully.

Why did you choose to study the MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health & Social Care) at City, University of London?

I liked the course curriculum as it looked interesting in comparison to other similar courses. It was also relevant to my current work role. I also knew City from when I did my nursing training at Barts nearly 20 years ago so I sort of knew what to expect.

What has been your student experience at City so far?

I have been able to meet some like minded people working in similar roles to myself and connect with colleagues from other Trusts.

How has studying this course helped you to develop personally and professionally?

Personally - I had the opportunity to have neurodiversity testing through virtue of being at City. This was after a colleague mentioned that she thought I might be dyspraxic and in fact testing showed that I am dyslexic. After a lifetime of not knowing this was the case I have suddenly understood some of the personal challenges that I had experienced and my self-doubt regarding my intellect and ability to comprehend.

Professionally, I have learnt so much that is relevant to my practice. I have developed critical thinking skills and more up to date knowledge on theories related to child mental health.

What opportunities and experiences has City offered you during your course?

Access to both academic and clinical staff from a variety of clinical areas has made this course really relevant and interesting.

What are your career plans once you have completed your postgraduate degree?

I became a manager of a new CAMHS service during the first year of my course and I hope to shape my team’s care delivery using some of the things that I have learned.

What advice would you give to people thinking about postgraduate study?

Firstly choose a course that you are genuinely interested in, and get the support of lecturers and your course leader.