North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Employee Reviews

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One big mistake
Health advisor (Current Employee) –  Bolton, Greater Manchester15 April 2019
I had such high hope for this job. I left a job I loved for increase pay and to build a good Career for myself BIG BIG MISTAKE......it has been sole destroying...The way some managers speak to you is absolutely appaulling.
Pros
Good salary
Cons
No one every smiles !! No support what soever
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HORRIFIC organisation to work for - AVOID! !!
Employee (Current Employee) –  Lancashire8 January 2019
Life changing organisation to work for! If you want to feel undervalued and worthless then please go ahead and take my job! Right hand doesn't know what left is doing, no continuity and not in touch with the real world.
NWAS has completely destroyed me as a person , Ican not be an individual here. ABSOLUTELY SOUL DESTROYING place to work, 10 people resigned in my role whilst I was in the first two weeks of training. Staff are constantly leaving thier desks in tears.
If you are a robot and can't think for yourself - and dont mind beind demoralised daily -apply. But if you have a brain, life experiences, logic, empathy and intelligence AVOID at all costs. NWAS doesn't help people it hinders and destroys them. No wonder the NHS is in such a mess when often NWAS is the starting point.

The retention of staff is none existent.
Pros
Nice location and met some nice people
Cons
Everything - managers cant manage, robot's needed! Not what you need as a member of the public!
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Awful place to work
Patient Transport Driver (Former Employee) –  London10 September 2018
Only apply here if you want to spend NO time with your family or loved ones, work awful shifts for terrible management and recieve no help or support!
Pros
None
Cons
Long unsocial hours, bad management
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Good support
Sector manager (Former Employee) –  Preston, Lancashire23 April 2018
Nwas is a very staff oriented service.. there is a great community spirit in this organisation. There are many training courses which are open to all staff.
Pros
Great job satisfaction
Cons
Long hours
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Rewarding and worthwhile
Sector Manager (Former Employee) –  Carlisle7 March 2018
A progressive NHS trust striving to deliver high quality care to patients.

Great training and development for all staff with strong career progression paths.

Good pastoral support in place.

Strong links with other agencies such as Police, Fire and Mountain Rescue
Pros
Secure, good salary
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Busy and interesting employer to work for.
Voluntary Car Service Driver (Current Employee) –  Liverpool7 March 2018
No such thing as a typical day they are all different and this is why the role appeals to me.
Sometimes you do feel like you are part of a Team and sometimes you don't because you spend a lot of time working alone out on the road.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Working alone
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Dedication needed with high levels of concentration.
Paramedic (assistant operations manager) (Former Employee) –  Wirral26 February 2018
This is a profession where every time you are called out to an emergency you have to be prepared for anything and everything that comes your way. You also need to keep composed even with the most irate and aggressive type of person and take time and compassion with the elderly.
Pros
Satisfaction of helping people
Cons
very long hours working up to fifteen hours days and nights.
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great place to work
State Registered Paramedic (Former Employee) –  Lancashire20 January 2018
A difficult job at times but very rewarding with an excellent workplace culture.The shifts are long and demanding but fast paced and you mainly feel that you have contributed and made a difference to peoples lives.
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Good Solid Service
Volunteer Community First Responder (Current Employee) –  Bolton10 October 2016
Pleasure to work with overall but some logistical nightmares getting paperwork processed by HR who are incredibly slow but also incredibly equally overworked
Pros
Sense of Acheivement saving Lives
Cons
Long Hours
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demanding but rewarding role
Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Manchester10 June 2016
working for the ambulance service is a very demanding role, physically and psychologically, 12 hour shifts are not for all. However day to day no day is the same as the last, each day brings its own challenges.
there is a "family" type atmosphere at times, you need to be emotionally strong and be willing to go the extra mile to achieve the end result sometimes but the rewards in self esteem can be very good.
Pros
good social standing, rewarding, decent pay and ingeneral good working conditions
Cons
long hours, dangerous situations
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Becoming worse by the day.
Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Tameside14 April 2016
Overstretched NHS ambulance service. Poorly led vast organisation that has little career development available to paramedics. Poor work/ life balance for frontline staff with late unarranged finishes now been the norm, and poor short notice shift planning. It seems now more than ever staff are voting with their feet and leaving what once was a job for life. I don't believe its any different in any NHS ambulance service, so after 15 years of being a part of the NHS ambulance service it is with a heavy heart that I am looking elsewhere for employment, but believe that the current situation within the frontline of the service is unhealthy.
Pros
reneumeration
Cons
work/ life balance
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Caring & passionate organsation for the service it provides
Corporate Office Manager (Current Employee) –  North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust20 August 2014
I have enjoyed my time with this organisation. Staff are friendly and I will be sad to move on but excited about future new challenges.
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Commercial Training Manager (Former Employee) –  Lancashire16 May 2012
My general experience was that many of the more senior managers in this organisation are focused on their own career progression and not on the needs of the organisation or its employees.
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