North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Employee Reviews for Paramedic

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Fast paced and under valued
Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Cheshire31 August 2019
This can be a very rewarding job in many aspects. On the front line of patient care we are everything from social workers to counsellors and police.
There is room for progression but staff tend to feel unheard and under valued.
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Embedded management culture of bullying, intimidation and cover ups...subtly done!
Paramedic (Current Employee) –  North West4 August 2019
This can be a very rewarding job when you are operating autonomously as a paramedic and delivering patient care. You will also work with some really nice staff who are very conscientious in their work and strive to deliver the best patient care possible. The corruptness of the service beggars belief and the way that statistics and figures are manipulated under the guise of delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time. Nothing is further from the truth with an active shift to actually try to 'NOT' send an ambulance if possible! People waiting for ambulances in excess of 2, 3 and 4 hours purely as they have been incorrectly triaged and then a mad panic to get a response to the patient that really needs one!! Unfortunately many cases ending up in coroners court.

Mangament try very much to intimidate, harass and mislead staff in many aspects.....leave entitlement, meal payments, hours, sickness etc. They will try this moreso with the newer members of staff until they become familiar with what can be can be complicated and vague procedures until explained correctly. Very long hours and nine times out of 10 you will only get 30 minutes break on a twelve hour shift, as you have to try to utilise your second 20 minute break to be able to just go home on time! The reward comes from the patient feedback and making a difference in someones life...you will, however get no recognition or thanks from your management.
Good spirit of teamwork operationally on the road and some excellent staff.

This is my unbiased honest opinion not just a negative view for the sake
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Pros
Making a difference in a patients life or even saving it, Good colleauges, Some fun times with work friends, Pride in your role as a paramedic.
Cons
Long long hours, Lack of adequate breaks, Little support or recognition, Subtle and even sometimes blatant intimidation and corruptness Work life balance is very poor.
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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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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.
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reneumeration
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work/ life balance
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